Poitiers - Attractions


  • Baptistère Saint-Jean (4th century) – the oldest church in France
  • Palace of Poitiers – the seat of the Dukes of Aquitaine
  • Église Notre-Dame-la-Grande – oldest romanesque architecture church in Europe
  • Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, Poitiers's cathedral (12th century)
  • Musée Sainte-Croix, the largest museum in Poitiers
  • Église Sainte-Radegonde-de-Poitiers
  • Église Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand (11th century)
  • Hypogée des Dunes (underground chapel)
  • Jardin des Plantes de Poitiers, a park and botanical garden
  • Église de Montierneuf
  • Parc du Futuroscope (European Park of the Moving Image, some 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Poitiers; theme is visual communication technology in ultramodern buildings)
  • Le Confort Moderne

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