City Tours is located on the banks of the Royal River, in the heart of the Loire Valley
Originally small Gallo-Roman, the city located on a hill protected against flooding of the river, the city of Tours will extend more and more to join the Cher (a tributary of the Loire flows 3 km further south).
With its port, the city of Tours will acquire a great wealth that allows you to build one of the largest basilicas of the time: the Basilica of San Martín. Destroyed, the fact remains today that two tracks, the two towers: that of the clock in the west, where the entrance was, and the Tower of Charlemagne, 100 meters east, on the rue des Halles, the color symbol of the floor paver, where the pillars that supported the construction.
Tours, current capital of Touraine, is a historical-artistic city that was the capital of the kingdom of France in the 15th and 16th centuries. The city preserves numerous vestiges of its glorious past, which can be discovered in its buildings, monuments and palaces.
The Plumereau square, in the heart of the old city, is a place of great animation. With its beautiful half-timbered houses, this pedestrian plaza is a highly recommended place to sit on the terrace of a café or a restaurant. Around the square, you have to contemplate the beautiful facades of the old houses, some of which have preserved their picturesque wooden sculptures.
The visit of the capital of Touraine continues with the Saint-Gatien cathedral, whose façade in flamboyant Gothic style is richly decorated. In this Gothic-style religious monument stand the splendid old stained glass windows of the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries.
The lovers of the museums will not be able to complain
– Archaeological Museum of Touraine, installed in the Gouin Palace, an elegant building of Renaissance architecture;
– Museum of Fine Arts, in the building of the former palace of the archbishops, which brings together collections of works of art ranging from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century;
– Museum of the Touraine wines, located in the cellars of the abbey of Saint-Julien.