The snapshot series:
The snapshot series does exactly as it says on the tin – it gives a short introduction to places where Magellan personnel have visited under four main headings – Where is it, Why Visit, When should I go and Anything Else. As with all towns and cities, there is so much more to do and see than we have listed.
Where is it? Poitiers is a riverside city in Western France in the region of Aquitaine Limousin Poitou-Charentes. Residents are known as Pictaviens (m) or Pictaviennes (f) historically, coming from the ancient name for the town.
Why visit? Known as the “Town of a Hundred Bells” due to the 24 parishes and 30 monasteries within its boundaries, Poitiers is renowned by its Romanesque art and over 80 classified monuments from a history spanning over 2000 years. Historic yet full of life (this is a university town – one of Europe’s first dating from 1431), many visitors also travel to Futuroscope, a nearby theme park where they can see into the future! It’s the most visited attraction in the entire region with 25 different experiences and won a TripAdvisor Travellers Choice award in 2015 as one of the best amusement parks. Angoulème, the cartoon capital of France where amazing murals are everywhere, is just a 1.20 hour drive away. If you love cartoons, visit the Comic Strip Museum there.
When should I go there? In the summer months, (21st June – end of September) to enjoy the evening light show beamed onto the facade of Notre-Dame La Grande showing how the church would actually have looked in the Middle Ages.
Anything else? The Mercure Poitiers Centre Hotel is very interesting – a contemporary interior, fitted into an historic Jesuit chapel dating from 1854 (see collage) – brilliantly conceived. Visit the Grand’Rue, once the town’s main thoroughfare with its timber-framed properties, town houses and boutiques and the Palais de Justice, the former palace of the Counts of Poitou. Master chef, Joel Robuchon came from Poitiers and other noted historic figures associated with the city include Eleanor of Aquitaine (she married King Henry II of England in Poitiers Cathedral) and Joan of Arc. The city is twinned with Northampton and both France and England are indelibly entwined through our mutual histories.
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Contributor: Sue Lowry
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