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24 November 2009

1350c – St Gatien Cathedral, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

The magnificent St Gatien Cathedral was built between the 12th and 16th centuries in a medieval and later renaissance gothic. On the site of Roman Caesarodunum, St. Lidoire built the first church. Frankish...

24 November 2009

Cloister de La Psalette, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Sited beside the Cathedral, the Psalette cloister consists of three galleries. A fine open staircase links the lower cloister with the upper scriptorium and library. Balzac portrayed one of his characters in La...

24 November 2009

13th C. – Eglise St-Julien, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

This 13th century church was built on the site of an earlier building – a church dating from the 6th century. An austere exterior masks a gothic interior that does not have the...

24 November 2009

15th C. – Hótel Goüin, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Now containing the Sociétë Archéologique de Touraine, the Hótel Goüin is a fine Renaissance style mansion in the oldest part of the city. Built by René Gardette a rich silk merchant, it was...

24 November 2009

Remains of Basilica, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

This is part of the remains of the massive medieval basilica. Other parts of the building can also be observed including Charlemange’s Tower. The sheer scale of this church can only be appreciated...

24 November 2009

Chateau de Tours, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Unlike many of the chateaux of the Loire valley, Chateau de Tours is a plain building with two towers. One of these is plain finished while the other has more ornate corbelling.

24 November 2009

Pont Wilson, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Crossing the River Loire, is the elegant Pont Wilson. Known locally as the pont de pierre (stone bridge), it is an exact replica of the original 18th century bridge which collapsed in a...

24 November 2009

1843 – Palais de Justice, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

The Palais de Justice is one of two important buildings on the semicircular Place Jean Jaurès – the other is the Hôtel de Ville designed by Victor Laloux. This Beaux Arts influenced building...

24 November 2009

Musée de Beaux-Arts, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Imposing house close to the Cathedral which has been converted to house the Musée de Beaux-Arts. Formerly the Bishop’s Palace for the neighbouring cathedral.

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