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Top 10 places in Angoulême
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The façade of the cathedral of Angouleme is particularly spectacular and interesting. The decoration of statues and bas-reliefs is very rich. It dates from the 12th century, apart from the representations of Saint Martin (right of the portal) and Saint George (left) which date from the restoration... Read more
The cathedral you see in front of you is the fourth high there. The first, Saint-Saturnin, was perhaps erected in the 4th century. Clovis had it destroyed after taking the Visigothic city in 508. He had a new one, Saint-Pierre, consecrated in 566. This cathedral was destroyed during a fire in 981... Read more
Angoulême has a very rich industrial past. Stationery in particular, held a preponderant place here. The area we are in has always been important: the proximity of the abbey of Saint-Cybard has long made it an intellectual and religious center but also an economic center with the first mills.... Read more
On the square, on the site of the Gabriel Fauré Music Conservatory, was the Jesuit College founded in 1622. At the beginning of the Revolution, there were only a few pupils and it was closed in 1791. The building became a School Normal from 1832 to 1843. In 1844 it was transformed into ... Read more
In the 18th century, this place is a very popular and well-attended walk on the site of the ancient Gallo-Roman rampart which protected the city. In 1775, the Comte d'Artois adopted a project of embellishment of utility for the city. The existing square is redeveloped into a vast esplana... Read more
Nestled in this small square in the heart of old Angoulême, the church of Saint-André is the oldest of the churches of Angouleme. Its oldest parts date from the 12th century. It was profoundly altered in the 15th century. During the wars of Religion, it lost its vaults which were only rebuilt in... Read more
The old Saint-Martial church, in very poor condition, was destroyed in 1849. The construction of a new church was entrusted to the architect Paul Abadie fils. It was consecrated in 1853 in the presence of a cardinal and several bishops. This important event was immortalized by the painter Louis... Read more
An auditorium existed near the present Hotel de Ville since the 18th century. In the 19th century, many public buildings were built: the Palais de Justice, the Prefecture, and the Hôtel de Ville. The theater, finished in 1870, is the last of these buildings. Its decoration is entrusted to the... Read more
At the beginning of the XIX ° century, the main access to penetrate in Angoulême by the west is the street Saint Ausone. Having become too narrow for traffic in 1808, a new road was opened. In 1815, on August 18, the Duchess of Angoulême, daughter of King Louis XVI, borrowed it and the municipality... Read more
Around 1250 was built here by King Louis IX a castle affirming its power over the city opposite that of the counts of Angouleme. This Chatelet, has long given its name to the place. It had many corner towers, wide ditches and high walls. It was abandoned at the end of the 15th century and became ... Read more
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