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Cathedrals in Tours
Tours Cathedral
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It is one of the most important monuments in the city, and one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have visited. Built on the remains of a Gallo-Roman town called Caesarodunum, this cathedral is very bright very high. Entrance is free. You can also visit the cloisters, which is called "the Psalette"
Gardens in Tours
Musee des Beaux Arts de Tours
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The Museum of Fine Arts in Tours is in the city centre, near the Cathedral. The building's construction, which is a collection of art, dates from the 17th and 18th centuries, and was originally an Episcopal Palace. In the gardens, there's a huge and beautiful cedar tree. It's open daily, except Tuesdays, from 9am to 6pm.
Churches in Tours
Basilica of St. Martin
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The original Basilica of St. Martin was destroyed during the French Revolution, after going through many fires. It had the Charlemagne Tower and Clock Tower. In the year 1885 the construction of the new one began in a neo-Byzantine style. This is smaller than the previous one, which was one of the biggest religious sites in the West. At the top of one of the domes stands a statue of Saint Martin. It was finished in the year 1924.
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Tours
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A lovely city, west of France, whose shores are by the Loire River, where people go to find the charm of the city, and where a reed on a terrace can become a pleasant gathering with friends . A place with a French twist, close to castles, colorful landscapes, where welfare is ensured.
Historical Monuments in Tours
Tour de Charlemagne
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The Tour de Charlemagne was part of the old collegiate church of Saint-Martin, one of the biggest religious buildings in the West, which was constructed in honor of St. Martin, Bishop of Tours in the 4th century. The basilica doesn't exist anymore, as it was falling into ruins in the 18th century, and was finally totally destroyed during the French Revolution. What is conserved are the Charlemagne Tower and Clock Tower. It was renovated again in the early 20th century.
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Gare de Tours Railway Station
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Indre-et-Loire department, western France. It is situated on the Paris–Bordeaux railway, the Tours–Saint-Nazaire railway, and the non-electrified Tours–Le Mans railway. The Gare de Tours is a terminus; most TGV trains only serve the nearby Gare de Saint-Pierre-des-Corps.
City Halls in Tours
Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall)
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The city of Tours is located in the city center, near the Old Town. Details fill this beautiful building. It is striking, especially the sculptures around the clock and bell tower. The opening house for the general public are: - Monday: From 9h to 17h. - Tuesday to Thursday: From 8h30 to 17h. - Friday: From 8:30 to 16:30.
Squares in Tours
Place Plumereau
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This place is situated in the center of Vieux Tours (old Tours), and is one of the most beautiful zones of the city. There is no postcode listed half-timbered houses. A meeting place for tourists and locals, this place is full of terraces square where one can savor pancakes or ice cream.
Rivers in Tours
The Loire River
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The Loire is the longest river in France, out of the Auvergne region, but is best known for its castles around Orléans, Tours and Blois. The region is a UNESCO world heritage site. Around the beautiful river, kings and dukes of France built the finest Renaissance palaces and castles of the country. To discover the Loire, it is best if you can rent a bike as trains take you from city to city. Take a bike and go for castles and the banks of the river. For entry to the small castles there were packages to visit several at a good price. The large castles, such as Chenonceaux and Chambord, charge about 10 euros each. At this point, you can navigate the river, which runs for more than 1,000 kilometers, through historic towns such as Nevers and Nantes. As well as castles, the banks of the Loire are used to grow grapes - the wines, mostly white, have a good reputation - and the cheese!
Castles in Tours
Chateau de Tours
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The Royal Castle of Tours is located in central Tours, close to the Cathedral of Saint Gatien. Until 2000 it was used to house the city aquarium, where you could see some 1500 fish of 200 different species. Currently it is being used as an exhibition centre of modern art, as well as serving as the main museum of history and archeology. Entrance is free Tuesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00. A very interesting and informative experience.
Museums in Tours
Cedars of Lebanon
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If something catches the attention when in the gardens of the Museum of Fine Arts in Tours, it is the giant cedar at the entrance. Through the door, you hear nothing but exclamations. The trunk, at 1 meter in height, reaches a circumference of 7.50 meters. 31 meters high. Planted in 1804, it has not only managed to survive all these years, but its branches have grown to an area of ​​about 800m2, one of the largest in Europe. The enormous branches rub the floor and have to be held by wooden pegs. The association ARBRE granted in 2001 the title "Tree highlight of France." Next to it is a park full of flowers, trees and benches in the shade. A beautiful place to take pictures and take a moment to rest.
Rivers in Tours
Pont Wilson
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The Pont Bridge crosses the Loire River at the top of the Rue Nationale. White, long, massive, cross the river to the old buildings of the "octroi", where in medieval times, people paid entrance tolls... and from there to the north of Tours, where there is not a lot of tourist interest. It was named after U.S. President Wilson, honored after the First World War, when Tours was a rather important military base. The bridge was partly destroyed during the fighting of the Second World War, and in 1978 almost completely collapsed ... apparently for the attack landed on the bases of the bridge ... luckily there was only had a car on the bridge! Today the bridge is a typical feature of the local landscape. In summer, there is the summery bar "guinguette" with its reasonable prices and magical setting, and a small restaurant, concerts, dances and other daily activities, almost under the bridge, on the west side. East is the library ... The walk under the bridge is highly recommended, on the waterfront, in the heart of the city but in an ocean of tranquility (how poetic I'm getting!).
Gardens in Tours
Square François Sicard
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Located next to the Cathedral and the Museum of Fine Arts, this garden is dedicated to the sculptor Francois Sicard, ve was born in Tours. It's a pleasant park with ponds, small waterfalls, and beautiful views of the cathedral and the sturdy cedar of Lebanon (measuring 7.50 meters in circumference).
Churches in Tours
Eglise Saint Julien
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The Church of Saint Julien is a few churches still visible from the dozen that had the city out of the Middle Ages. Unfortunately it remains closed due to security concerns. In fact the building is so old it needs major repairs, entry to the public is banned to avoid accidents. You are only allowed to enter on Heritage Days in September of each year. Although you can not enter the building itself, you can always enjoy the exterior walls of buildings and its impressive stained glass windows. In fact, go around the building to see the garden and the eastern wall which are quite interesting.
Historical Monuments in Tours
Hotel Gouin
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I have to warn you: it's not always open. You'll have to rely on there being an exhibition ... which can be a matter of luck and timing. But just catching a glimpse of the facade can be quite special, with fine sculptures and pointed roofs. The mansion was destroyed by bombs in the Second World War, and only the facade remains from the original building.
Of Touristic Interest in Tours
Elephant Fritz
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This mock-up has been placed in the Museum of Fine Arts in this beautiful city. This elephant was part of Barnum, which toured Europe in 1902. When he became aggressive, they decided to kill him in the Plaza Nicolas Frumeaud, of this city. The circus members departed for a new show, and the elephant was gifted to the city of Tours it was decided to "naturalize" him in Nantes, and bring him back to Tours to place him next to the Museum of Fine Arts. The elephant skeleton was preserved in the Museum of Natural History of Tours, but was destroyed in the last war.
Gardens in Tours
Jardins des Prebendes d'Oe
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The Prébendes Quarter is not the most touristy spot. Built in the nineteenth century when the city was enlarged, remains a neighborhood of wealthy families, although some students are taking advantage of some hidden apartments. Quiet, residential, with typical architecture of the time, they capture you heart. The Prébendes is a garden, created in 1872. Large, a place where there are a variety of ducks and birds, little wild, enjoying a large pond fed by an ancient stream earlier in this marshy area. The kids playground borders a kiosk in the square center, and several walks between tall trees and flowers maintained by the municipal services. A nice place to come and eat a sandwich or read on a bench. From the central Place Jean Jaurès, just drop by Gramont Avenue, and after 3 or 4 blocks turn right to reach the garden!
Historical Monuments in Tours
Prieuré Saint Cosme
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Ronsard is one of the most important French-language poets. Most famed for his poem "Mignonne allons voir if the rose" he was part of the court of the king of France, and founder of the group of poets of the Pléiade. The Prieuré Saint Cosme was the spot where dwelling clerics and pilgrims and travelers would stay. The most famous was the poet Ronsard, who became the prior of the place in the sixteenth century. For a change of castles that populate the Tours, the tour is interesting, especially for anyone interested in a little French literature and history. Both are combined with the tour because the stained glass and architecture of the building was added to the story of the poet . To enter, you will need to pay an entrance fee of four euros and fifty cents.

The best things to do in Tours

Although the city was devastated during World War II, miraculously the old town of Tours remained intact, so nowadays the traveler asking what to do in Tours should take this as a starting point. Divided into three distinct neighborhoods, this is where you'll find many of the most popular Tours activities, monuments, and attractions.

The old town is home to some of the most beautiful places to visit in Tours, like Châteauneuf Saint Martin Basilica, the Clock Tower, and Charlemagne Tower. In the neighborhood known as Old Tours you can see Place Plumereau and its characteristic houses with half-timbered facades (colombage), which are some truly historical Tours attractions.

Finally, beside the River Loria, in the neighborhood called Cité, you'll
find two of the architectural symbols of the city, the cathedral of Saint-Gatien and the Royal Castle, both unmissable things to see in Tours. For more stuff to do in Tours, go to the museums. Do not miss the Museum of Guilds (Museum of Compagnonnage) and the Museum of Fine Arts. And if you want things to do in Tours outside the city centre, go and visit the wineries and medieval castles of the Loire Valley, one of the top attractions in Tours. Use minube to learn more about
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