12 Sights in Tours, France (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Tours, France. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 12 sights are available in Tours, France.

Sightseeing Tours in Tours

1. Cathédrale Saint-Gatien

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Tours Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France, and dedicated to Saint Gatianus. It is the seat of the Archbishops of Tours, the metropolitan cathedral of the Tours ecclesiastical province. It was built between 1170 and 1547. At the time construction began, the church was located at the south end of the bridge over the river Loire, on the road from Paris to the south-west of France. It has been a classified monument historique since 1862. Since 1905 it has been owned by the French State, with the Catholic Church having the exclusive rights of use.

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2. Amphithéâtre de Tours

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The Tours amphitheater is a Roman amphitheatre located in the historic city center of Tours, France, immediately behind the well known Tours cathedral. It was built in the 1st century when the city was called Caesarodunum. It was built atop a small hill on the outskirts of the ancient urban area, making it safe from floods, convenient for crowds and visitors, and demonstrating the power of the city from a distance. The structure was an enormous, elliptical structure approximately 122 meters by 94 meters. According to its design it is classified as a "primitive" amphitheatre. Unlike the famous Colosseum that was made mostly of masonry and built above-ground, the Tours amphitheatre was made mostly of earth and created by moving soil and rock into a bowl shape. Spectators likely sat directly on the grassy slopes, while the masonry was primarily used for the vomitoria and retaining walls.

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3. Jardin des Prébendes d'Oé

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Jardin des Prébendes d'Oé

The Jardin des Prébends d'Oé is a public garden, located in the heart of Tours, created in 1872 by the Bühler brothers. Placed between rue des Prébendes, rue Roger Salengro, rue Lakanal and rue du Boisdenier, it is an English garden that offers a beautiful diversity of trees and flowers, with two musical kiosks and statues Tourangeaux writers like Pierre de Ronsard, that of Jean-Baptiste Marie Meusnier de la Place, then Honorat de Bueil de Racan.

Wikipedia: Jardin des Prébendes d'Oé (FR)

4. Musée des Beaux-Arts

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Musée des Beaux-Arts Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours / CC BY-SA 4.0

The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours is located in the former episcopal palace, close to the cathedral in Vieux-Tours. The museum is particularly known for its varied collections that range from antiquity to contemporary art. It is also renowned for its formal garden, home to Fritz, a stuffed Asian elephant, and its listed cedar of Lebanon. The site has been classified as a historical monument since 1983.

Wikipedia: Musée des beaux-arts de Tours (FR)

5. Chapelle Saint-Libert

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The Saint-Libert chapel is an old Romanesque church mainly dating from the 12th century, being in the oldest district of Tours, partly built on the rampart of the Gallo-Roman Castrum of the 4th century, along the Loire. His nave has been registered in the additional inventory of historic monuments since December 2, 1946 on the initiative of the Archaeological Society of Touraine (SAT).

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6. Grand Théâtre

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The Grand Théâtre de Tours is a listed municipal building located on rue de la Scellerie in Tours, in the Vieux-Tours region. With a performance hall with more than nine hundred seats, it is the headquarters of the Opéra de Tours, which has a permanent choir and also houses the Symphony Orchestra of the Centre-Val de Loire-Tours region.

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7. Église Saint-Symphorien

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The Saint-Symphorien church is a building located in Tours, on the north shore of the Loire. The first mention made of it is Charles Le Chauve, in 852, which confirms the "possessions of Marmoutier". Sources often attest to this possession. Until the 18th century, it was still under the dependence of Marmoutier's abbey.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Symphorien de Tours (FR)

8. Église Saint-Grégoire des Minimes

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The Church of Saint-Grégoire des Minimes is located in Tours, rue de la Préfecture, next to the Lycée Descartes, former Grand Seminary Saint Charles de Tours until the Revolution. It was originally the conventual church of the convent of the minimal brothers. The tridentine rite is practiced within it.

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9. Ruines de l'Hôtel de Beaune-Semblançay

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The Beaune-Semblançay hotel is a former 15th century and 16th century mansion located in Tours in Old Tours, one of the rare vestiges of the city's Renaissance architecture. This building has been the subject of a classification as historic monuments since August 9, 1941 and October 21, 1947.

Wikipedia: Hôtel de Beaune-Semblançay (FR)

10. Église Saint-Julien

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Église Saint-Julien This photo was taken by Eusebius (Guillaume Piolle).Feel free to reuse it, but always credit me as the author as specified below. / CC BY 3.0

The Saint-Julien de Tours church, located in Tours in Old Tours in France, is the abbey of an old Benedictine abbey whose origin dates back to the 6th century; It dates mainly from the 13th century. It is the subject of a classification as historic monuments by the 1840 list.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Julien de Tours (FR), Website

11. Cloître Saint-Gatien dit de la Psalette

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The Cloister of the Saint-Gatien Cathedral of Tours, or Cloister of the Psalette, is located in the Saint-Gatien district of Old Tours. It is managed by the center of national monuments. It has been the subject of a classification as historic monuments since 1889.

Wikipedia: Cloître de la Psalette (FR)

12. Jardin Botanique

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The Jardin botanique de Tours is a municipal botanical garden and arboretum located at 33, Boulevard Tonnellé, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire, France. It is open daily; admission is free.

Wikipedia: Jardin botanique de Tours (EN)


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