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Church in Poitiers

Église Notre Dame la Grande

The celebrated west façade of this Romanesque church was exquisitely sculpted in soft gold stone between 1115 and 1130. Spot the temptation of Adam and Eve, the Nativity, the 12 Apostles and many other biblical scen…
French in Poitiers

La Serrurerie

Lap up local life at this fabulous industrial-styled lounge restaurant with zinc bar, scrubbed ginger-brick walls and a vintage curiosities collection that would put your grandmother's to shame. Service is swift, an…
French in Poitiers

Le Cul de Paille

Good old-fashioned home cooking is what this third-generation auberge (inn) is all about: think bœuf bourguignon, poule au pot (chicken hot pot) and other timeless French classics. Rustic wooden tables, well-worn te…
Church in Poitiers

Église St-Hilaire le Grand

Consecrated in 1049, used as a warehouse during the Revolution and partly rebuilt in the 19th century, this grandiose Romanesque church appears on Unesco's list of World Heritage sites as a treasured stop on the Che…
French in Poitiers

Jasmine Citronelle

Parisian Mariage Frère teas served in bone china teapots, old-fashioned hot chocolate and flavoured milks are perfect companions to the delicious English-styled cakes, crumbles and gourmandises served at this utterl…
Historic Building in Poitiers

Palais de Justice

Today it houses the law courts, but nearly a thousand years ago this stunning building was the seat of the Counts of Poitou and Dukes of Aquitaine. Its most impressive feature is the dining hall constructed in the l…
Museum in Poitiers

Musée Ste-Croix

The 1970s Brutalist architecture of this art museum, built from reinforced concrete, comes as a shock after the elegance of its ancient episcopal neighbours. Inside, prehistoric, Roman and medieval artefacts mingle …
Cathedral in Poitiers

Cathédrale St-Pierre

The town's grand Gothic cathedral safeguards beautiful 13th-century oak-carved choir stalls, an 18th-century organ with more than 3000 pipes and exceptional stained glass: the 12th-century window (1160–70) illustrat…
Church in Poitiers

Baptistère St-Jean

Constructed in the 4th and 5th centuries on Roman foundations, this ginger-stone baptistery formed part of the episcopal ensemble with the cathedral, 100m south. It was redecorated in the 10th century and used as a …