Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan of Arc, Clovis, Charles Martel wrote famous pages of French history. The authors Pierre de Ronsard, François Rabelais and René Descartes studied here. The chef Joël Robuchon, the skater Brian Joubert and the philosopher Michel Foucault were born here.
An ancient fortified city, Poitiers sits on a rocky spur. Several towers today bear witness to this rich medieval past. Surrounded by two rivers and as many green valleys, the historic centre is locally nicknamed "the plateau". At the top of this vast promontory stand two of its most beautiful monuments, the palace of the Counts of Poitou and the church of Notre-Dame-la-Grande. Along narrow streets, Renaissance mansions mingle with half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages. The prefecture and the town hall bear witness to a Haussmannian impetus during the 19th century.
As for the two glass parallelepipeds that you can see, shining with a thousand yellows, on the western slope, they are home all year round to the shows of the Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers (TAP), because the one that is nicknamed "the city of a hundred steeples" is erudite, cultural, festive, creative, sporting... "Old stones and new blood", sums up the daily newspaper Les Echos perfectly. In Poitiers, one out of every two inhabitants is under 30 years old! Under the impulse of this youth, the city vibrates and transcends itself. The visitor leaves "increased". It's a reality!
45 place Charles de Gaulle - 86000 Poitiers
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