Parthenay Travel Guide

  • There are ruins in Parthenay
    There are ruins in Parthenay
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  • The 'modern' part of town
    The 'modern' part of town
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  • Love those vines
    Love those vines
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    The castle is at the end of the rocky promontory overlooking a bend in the Thouet, it has a triangular shape and its position made defence easier. It is but an evocative ruin these days, all lodgings have disappeared and there remains only three round towers. To visualize the defence system and the power of the castle it is best to go across the...

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  • Walking around

    Because we'd parked our car outside the old walls we did a reasonable amount of walking and so managed to see some more of the town. Here are the results.

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  • Gothic chapel

    This is the only Gothic style chapel in Parthenay. Founded by the Lord of Parthenay and given to the Franciscan order, also known as the Cordelians (because they wore knotted belts - corde in French). In the 14th century it lost its convent and was remodelled with a chancel being added.On the north side is a 16th century chapel.

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  • The Thouet

    The Thouet is not one of the world's great rivers, let's be honest, but it was the reason for establishing the town as water was a necessity, and still is, for civilization.

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  • Bits and pieces

    The romanesque style entrance door to the castle's Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-la-Couldre is still standing, although the remainder of the chapel was demolished after the revolution.Due to the absence of documents, its exact age cannot be determined but architecturally it obviously belongs in the 12th centuryThe main portal is surrounded by rows of...

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  • Location

    Parthenay is situated on the Thouet river in the quiet countryside of the Deux-Sèvres department (in Poitou-Charentes) to the west of Poitiers

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  • Some more history of Parthenay

    Parthenay castle is a reminder as to how important the town was as a regional centre in medieval times, although most is now in ruins with the lower parts of three castle towers and a section of ramparts along the river front being the principal parts remaining. Today grass grows where once the feet of defenders trod.The original castle and its...

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  • The flanking tower

    This flanking tower was built in two stages, both in the 13th century and the first floor is still equipped with casemated arrow loops, the second a vaulted room. The stairway goes up in the thick outside wall.Today the inner part of the defensive position is a lovely grassed lawn with mature trees as you can clearly see in the pictures,

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  • The old town

    There's not a lot of it left but what there is is evocative of times past, particularly this image here which takes you directly back hundreds of years.

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    Parthenay, Bar L'Estaminet

    by egonwegh Updated Apr 24, 2006

    French lunch, similar to a "ploughman's lunch" - I think we had something with bread, tomatoes and olives.

    Opposite the restaurant you'll find the tourist information centre. Free Internet facilities here, this is where we printed out the itinerary for the trip back home.

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