35 Place Du Marechal Leclerc, Poitiers, 86000, France
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The Palace of Justice in Poitiers
As you walk along Rue Marche Notre Dame just off the Place Charles de Gaul you will see the Palais de Justice. Although it looks (and is largely medieval) the facade is actually 19th century.
The palace was originally the seat of the Counts of Poitou (the region around Poitiers) and the Dukes of Aquitaine (who would be united with the English crown when Henry III and Eleanor of Aquitaine married).
The building of today, although much restored and changed over the centuries, is an impressive monument to Poitiers important role in French and English history.
St.-Hilaire: Enter the Church (3)
The original church had a very wide nave and aisles, which were easily covered by a wooden roof. It was the pilgrimage church in Poitiers on the Road to Compostela. A severe fire in the mid-12C demanded a stone roof. The nave was covered in the regional manner with a set of octagonal cupolas on pendentives which required installation of two rows of columns in the nave braced to the original columns. The wide aisles were covered by groin vaulting but again each required another set of central columns. As a result we see a seven aisle church. The left (north) aisle incorporated the base of the massive belfry (which is a sort of Sacristy). All of this forest of columns leads to a raised transept and chevet that sit above a crypt containing the relics of St.-Hilaire.
i miss this town!
A view of Poitiers
2000 was spent living here in a house of 10 different nationalities and it was fantastic! At first i was apprehensive about living in a different country and was sad when my dad left me! But studying abroad was one of the best decisions i ever made!
Although Poitiers is not as well known as some of the major french cities, i regard it to be a hidden gem. Its a country town, and therefore much of what i think is a bit scary in big cities doesnt really exist (Im a country girl!) Its safe, compact, and very laid back!
See below for some of my top Poitevin tips!
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