Historic churches, in particular Romanesque, are the main attraction of Poitiers itself. Poitiers' tourist industry has greatly benefited from the opening of the Futuroscope in nearby Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in 1987. The city centre is visited in complement to the theme-park and benefits from a larger proportion of European tourists, notably from the United Kingdom.
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