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Poitiers Travel Guide, France

Poitiers Travel: General Information

Poitiers, one of the oldest cities of France is also among the most beautiful places of the country. Poitiers is known for its architectural legacy in form of churches and cathedrals. The town offers a picture perfect scenery as it lies on the fertile banks of the River Clain. Apart from the historical attractions and picturesque beauty of the town, the latest attraction that is magnetizing the thrill seeking tourist is the newly built Futuroscope. This science fiction antidote has added to the number of tourists’ visiting Poitiers year round.

Poitiers Travel: Statistics

Area: 42.11 sq Km

Population: 91,395 (as per 2008 census)

Official Language: French

Monetary Unit: Euro

Poitiers Travel: Architectural Heritage

Poitiers travel is a treat for those who have a taste in history. The city is extremely rich past that is clearly visible in its beautiful churches and cathedrals. The French architecture in these buildings is truly awesome. St John Baptistery is among the oldest buildings in France. This Baptistery was built around 4th century. It was then redecorated in the 10th century. The beautiful Notre Dame la Grande Church is another spectacular ancient construction of Romanesque style. The church was built during the 11th century. The fantastic façade illuminates when light passes through it. But you can see this beautiful scene only during the month of June until mid of September. The gothic style architecture of the Saint-Pierre cathedral built during the 12th and 16th century has a beauty of its own. The architectural heritage is not only confined to the ancient buildings in the town but can be seen all over the city in its narrow lanes and streets. Poitiers travel is incomplete without exploring these streets of the old town.

Poitiers Travel: Economy and Infrastructure

Poitiers has a sound economy that makes it a prosperous town. The city stands among the major cities of France like Paris, Tours and Le Mans. The major industries that support the economy of Poitiers are food processing, printing and electronics. Tourism has always backed the economy of the town. The newly built Futuroscope has added to the revenue of the tourism industry.

Poitiers has sound infrastructure facilities. The city has one of the oldest universities in France and is known for its excellent research faculties in the biotechnology and health arenas. The city has a well connected network of roads connecting it to the major cities of France like Paris and Bordeaux.

Poitiers Travel: People and Culture

Poitiers gets you an opportunity to experience the true essence of the French culture. Number of theatre performances in Poitiers let you get close to the French traditions and culture. The artistic displays in large number of cafes and art galleries all over the town are a treat to the visitors. The best time to be in Poitiers to see the true French attire of the town is during the Christmas and the New Year. The people of Poitiers really know to have a blast during the festive season. This is the best time to enjoy some yummy French pastries and exotic French wine.

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