The historic town of Poitiers, once the regional capital, serves as a hub for Romanesque architecture, particularly its churches. The town is a vibrant blend of history and modernity, featuring an array of cafés, daily markets offering food and clothing, and a rich tapestry of half-timbered houses and Renaissance hotels. To guide visitors through its architectural gems, the town has even laid out colour-coded street markings. Poitiers is also historically significant, having been the site of the Battle of Vouillé in 507 and the Battle of Poitiers in 1356 during the Hundred Years' War.
Not far away is Chauvigny, a picturesque town renowned for its five ancient fortresses, once owned by the Bishops of Poitiers. The town is dominated by the Romanesque Eglise St-Pierre and offers panoramic views of the Anglin Valley. Further south, the 12th-century Abbey of St-Savin graces the banks of the River Gartempe, where a 13th-century bridge still stands. Chatellerault features a 16th-century bridge named after Henry IV, spanning the River Vienne.
The architectural landscape of Vienne is predominantly Romanesque, evident in its numerous churches and abbeys. Properties in this department range from traditional farmhouses and modern villas to chateaux, manor houses and estates. The area is also known for its historic hotels and half-timbered houses.
Vienne is easily accessible via road and rail, with Poitiers serving as a major transport hub. The town is just 11 km away from Futuroscope, a state-of-the-art visual theme centre, making it convenient for both residents and tourists.
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