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A dynamic city with a rich history

History is omnipresent in Poitiers. From listed monuments to halftimbered houses, you will travel through time and also pass contemporary
buildings that express the dynamism of the regional capital. Your exploration is guaranteed to be an enjoyable experience.

Built during Antiquity on a rocky promontory around which two rivers flow, Poitiers has a heritage of immense richness that testifies to 2,000 years of history. Its centre has 78 buildings listed as historical monuments. Contemporary constructions stand alongside these treasures of the past. Their lines and curves fit into the harmony of its urban landscape.

Its new urban development amenity, “Coeur d’Agglo”, makes walking and cycling more pleasant and allows you to get around the shopping streets with ease. The embellishment programme for the city centre is being completed, with renovated façades that highlight the heritage and more green areas that are invitations to strolling…

As the capital of Poitou-Charentes, a region listed among 10 world destinations worth visiting in 2012 by Lonely Planet (world leader of travel guide publishers), Poitiers stands out for the youthfulness of its population. Traditionally a student city, its university has just celebrated its 580th anniversary. In response to the dynamism of its population and to continue planning for the future, Poitiers offers quality cultural amenities and services, numerous artistic and heritage events, as well as a vast choice of leisure activities.

A city on a human scale which harmoniously combines historical heritage and modernity, Poitiers is characterised by the excellence of its quality of life. Picked out in a survey by l’Express magazine which recently ranked it number 1 in France for cities of 150,000 to 300,000 inhabitants, it also knows how to win over its visitors with the gentle pleasures of life.


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