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Architecture of France

24 November 2009

1896-1924 – Basilique St Martin, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Architect: Victor Laloux Built over the tomb of St Martin, the basilica is much smaller that its predessor which was destroyed at the end of the 18th century. Two towers remain of this...

23 November 2009

1904 – Hotel de Ville, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Architect: Victor Laloux A very elegant Beaux-Arts style Hôtel de Ville in a prominent site along one of Tours tree lined boulevards. The Hôtel de Ville is one of two important buildings on...

23 November 2009

1993 – Vinci Centre, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Architect: Jean Nouvel Placed across the square from Laloux’s railway station, the Vinci Centre is a small convention centre. Surrounded by streets on two sides and a small public park on the third,...

23 November 2009

1576 – Chateau Chenonceau, Indre-et-Loire, France

Chenonceau is probably the most famous chateau in the Loire valley. Built over the river Cher, the chateau is surrounded by water. The original chateau on this site was demolished by Thomas Bohier...

23 November 2009

15th C. – Chateau Amboise, Indre-et-Loire, France

The Chateau of Amboise, built by order of Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I between the 15th and 16th centuries was one of the first truly “royal” residences. Built on a rocky...

23 November 2009

Le Clos Luce, Amboise, Indre-et-Loire, France

King Francis I invited Leonardo da Vinci to spend the last years of life in Amboise which was then the seat of the court of France. In autumn 1516 Leonardo arrived in Amboise....

23 November 2009

1220 – Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, France

After the first cathedral of any great substance burnt down in 1020, a glorious new Romanesque basilica, which included a massive crypt, was built under the direction of Bishop Fulbert and later under...

23 November 2009

1547 – Chateau de Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France

Architect: Domenico da Cortona The royal Château de Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire Valley, but was built to serve only as a hunting lodge for King François I, who maintained...

23 November 2009

1215 – Notre-Dame of Laon, Aisne, France

The cathedral of Notre-Dame of Laon dates from the 12th and early 13th centuries. The former cathedral burned during the communal insurrection in 1112, occasioned by the revocation of the commune’s charter. The...