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Tours This picturesque city is situated on the bank of the Laura River. Due to a large number of cultural and historical monuments Tours has won the honorary title of City of History and Art.

Start your acquaintance with the cultural heritage of the city from visiting its main attraction - Saint-Gasen Cathedral, which construction started in the 13th century and lasted for more than 300 years. As a result, this building is a unique fusion of different architectural trends. Colbert Street is the historical center of the city. Here you can see numerous old wooden houses, which once have been occupied by townspeople. National Conservatory and Museum of Art are also located here.
Tours is of great interest to fans of sightseeing, as many ancient and medieval sights have survived in the city. The main symbol of Tours is the beautiful Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, the … Open
Archbishop Palace is located not far away from the city's main attraction. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. Besides observing beautiful halls of the palace don’t forget to pay attention to Lebanon cedar, which height estimates 33 meters. The tree was planted 200 years ago immediately after the construction of the Palace.
Plumereau Square is known as the noisiest part of the city. Several very nice restaurants are located around it. Here you can always see numerous tourists. Besides gourmet French cuisine people are attracted by a beautiful stately building - Basilica of San Martin. The Basilica has become the witness of important historical events, many of which have been captured in the frescoes that decorate its halls. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Tours is of great interest to fans of sightseeing, as many ancient and medieval sights have survived in the city. The main symbol of Tours is the beautiful Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, the … Open
Tours is also a major university center, where are trained representatives of various countries. Such large number of young people couldn’t have reflected on the life of the city. There are many entertainment venues, cafes and cinemas here. Such a wide choice of entertainments will surely please any traveler. The rest here will leave numerous positive impressions.
Tours The tower of Charlemagne is a really interesting historical monument. It is the only remains of the old abbey, which establishment took place in the 5th century. In the early 19th century, there was not a trace left of the abbey building. Only the tower, which the locals used as an ammunition depot, left. In the middle of the 19th century, clean water resources were stored there. It's a miracle the architectural monument managed to survive to this day. In 1927, the city was hit by the massive earthquake, and the tower partially collapsed. Local residents have made every effort to restore the tower. Currently, there're interesting guided tours there.
Tours is of great interest to fans of sightseeing, as many ancient and medieval sights have survived in the city. The main symbol of Tours is the beautiful Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, the … Open
The beautiful abbey of Marmieu was founded in the 4th century. St. Martin of Tours was its founder. Locals consider him the patron saint of winemaking. The ancient abbey is an outstanding religious monument for them. The old monastery was badly damaged in the 9th century during the invasion of the Normans. However, it was completely restored. Already in the 11th century, it was considered one of the richest monasteries in Europe. The complex has been partially preserved up to now and includes several old buildings, towers, and part of the fortress wall. Nearby, is the park of St. Radegonde, the most fabulous in the city.
The Museum of Fine Arts is a popular tourist object. It occupies a beautiful Episcopal Palace. The museum contains a rich collection of works by famous European painters and will be interesting to amateurs of Delacroix, Rubens, Degas, and Rembrandt. The opening of the museum in the palace took place in 1910. Previously it used to be a school, a warehouse, and a theater.
Tours is of great interest to fans of sightseeing, as many ancient and medieval sights have survived in the city. The main symbol of Tours is the beautiful Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, the … Open
Some beautiful castles survived in and around the city. Plessis-les-Tours is the most gorgeous and interesting one. This castle was built as a residence of King Louis XI. After the Great French Revolution, it has been privately owned for many years. One of its former owners dismantled the construction almost completely, but many nice rooms still survived. There is a room where Louis XI spent the last minutes of his life. Yet, visitors can see the old royal prison. The historic building is surrounded by a picturesque garden. In recent years, the castle is often used for theater performances and festivals.

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Tours
♥   Shopping area ' Place Jean Jaurès' Tours, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Rue Nationale' Tours, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Tours
♥   Castle 'Château de Tours' Indre-et-Loire, 2.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Mont' Indre, 9.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Luynes' Indre-et-Loire, 9.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Montbazon' Indre-et-Loire, 11.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Cinq-Mars-la-Pile' Indre-et-Loire, 17.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Tours
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Loire-Anjou-Touraine' , 50.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Brenne' , 88.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Perche' , 112.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Normandie-Maine' , 145.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Tours and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée des Beaux-Arts' Tours, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Chateau de Chambord

From the series “Impressive Castles and Palaces Located on Water”
Among the other interesting architectural features, the original spiral staircase, which has two entrances, must be mentioned. According to one of the versions, this architectural element was created by Leonardo da Vinci. In 1930 Castle Chambord was declared a national cultural heritage. Today, all interested parties can look at the interior of the wonderful castle. The guests of the castle can visit the apartments of Francis I, as well as his study. In some rooms the interesting antique collections are presented, among them the collection of the tiny cannons collected by the Duke of Bordeaux. The castle also contains an interesting picture gallery. The room of Count de Chambord is considered to be the most magnificent in the whole palace. … Read further

Chateau de Clermont

From the series “Houses of Famous People and Stars Currently Open to Tourists”
Today, the magnificent castle on the banks of the Loire River is a site of elite appartements. In the old orangery, the museum, dedicated to the life and work of the great actor, was opened. Although the visitors of the castle can not fully visit it, their most important and symbolic place is at their disposal. Since 1975, Louis de Funès lived almost constantly in the castle and left it only for recordings. He spent most of his time in his orangery. In the museum is presented the large collection of the old photos and pictures, as well as the requisite, which the actor used in the recordings. … Read further
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