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The Famous City of Tours

Jan 18, 2008
Tours is a city in France. The name of the city comes from the ancient Gallic tribe called the Turones. It is located at the junction of the Loire and the Cher Rivers.

The region around Tours, is known for its wines, the perfection of its local spoken French, and for the famous Battle of Tours in 732. The city is surrounded by Chateaux.

The Old Town has some houses from the XIV-XVI centuries. The old town of Tours is very beautiful and lively. To make it easier to appreciate the old town, its streets have now been pedestrianised. Place Plumerau and Place du Grand Marche are the centre of the Old town.

Nightclubs are decent enough along the rue des Orfevres You will find nightlife is in the Place Plumerau.

Worthwhile events include the Garlic and Basil fair in July as well as the Christmas Market, which occurs three weeks before Dec. 25 every year.

Tours is famous for the old part of the city, called Le Vieux Tours, with medieval half-timbered houses, and Place Plumereau, a square with busy pubs and restaurants, whose open-air tables fill the centre of the square

There are more than 30 markets held in Tours every month. The gourmet market is held the first Friday of every month at place de la Resistance, the flea market is held on Wednesday and Saturday at place de la Victoire, the flower market takes place Wednesday and Saturday on boulevard Beranger and the craft market takes place on Saturday at place des Halles.

The Holy Man of Tours is known as Leo Dupont born 1797 to 1876. He was schooled at the French Colony Martinique and then in the United States. Dupont prayed for and promoted the case for a devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus for around 30 years. On his death in 1876, his house on Rue St. Etienne was purchased by the Archdiocese of Tours and turned into an oratory. Dupont's efforts in spreading the Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus are chronicled in the book The Holy Man of Tours by Dorothy Scallan.

Cathedrale St Gatien cathedral has a Flamboyant Gothic facade flanked by towers with bases from the 12th century. Some of the glorious stained-glass windows date from the 13th century. The choir is from the 13th century, with new additions built each century through to the 16th. Sheltered inside is the beautiful 16th century tomb of Charles VIII and Anne de Bretagne's two children.
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