Poitiers is a lovely city in Poitou-charentes. It is the capital of the Vienne department. Poitiers has a very pretty center with beautiful churches, atmospheric streets, cozy terraces and an interesting history. The historic center of Poitiers has loads of old half-timbered houses in picturesque streets, making the rich history and special character of the city clearly visible.
History of Poitiers
Poitiers has a rich history with many wars and conquests. In the past, Celts, Romans and Franks lived there. In Roman times and the Middle Ages, impressive buildings were erected. The time of Eleanor of Aquitaine during the twelfth century is very well-known. She was one of the most influential women in Europe at the time. During this period Poitiers city wall was built. Poitiers plays an important role in the region in economic, administrative and religious matters. It is also a well-known stop on the route to Santiago de Compostela. Poitiers is best known for the battle of Poitiers which took place in 732 when Charles Martel defeated the Mohammedans who wanted to advance north. The Battle of Poitiers is considered one of the fifteen most decisive battles in world history.
City Hall Hotel de Ville
Poitiers Town Hall is a striking building on a large square. Built between 1869 and 1875, the Hotel de Ville is easy to see from the many terraces around the square and shows something of the grandeur of Poitiers. Part of the town hall is open to visitors. The Salon d'Honneur, the former ballroom, is very beautiful and imposing.