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  • 1 International Cartoon Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    121 rue de Bordeaux F - 16000 Angoulême

    The International Cartoon Museum (cibdi) is comprised of two sites on either side of the Charente River, connected by a passageway decorated with a statue of Corto Maltese. One has a library - a true shrine to cartoons - which contains nearly all the..

  • 2 Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 16000 Angoulême

    Angoulême's Old Town is best explored by walking all the way around it. The North is crisscrossed by narrow streets, whereas the South is broken up by spacious roads lined with aristocratic façades. While strolling through the area, head towards Sain..

  • 3 St.Peter's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    1 place St-Pierre F - 16000 Angoulême

    St.Peter's Cathedral dates from the 12thC. The Poitiers style sculptured mural that makes up the stunning façade in which more than 70 characters, sculptures and bas-reliefs depict the Final judgement. The inside is highlighted by its sheer size. Rem..

  • 4 Angoulême Town Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hôtel St-Simon - 15 rue de la Cloche-Verte F - 16000 Angoulême

    The Hotel de Ville was built in 1868 by Paul Abadie, architect of the Sacré-Coeur in Paris, on the site of the Count of Angoulême's castle, in the Gothic-Renaissance style. The only vestiges are the polygonal tower (a former 13C and 14C keep) and a 1..

  • 5 Angoulême Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Square Girard-II F - 16000 Angoulême

    The Musée d'Angoulême, housed in a former bishop's palace (12C, remodelled in the 16C), has a remarkable African and Oceanic Art collection (ritual statuettes from the Congo) and a masterpiece of Celtic gold work, the Agris Helmet. The collection als..

  • 6 Southern Ramparts (Angoulême) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    boulevard du Dr-Émile-Roux F - 16000 Angoulême

    Behind the monumental statue of Cranot, there is a fine view of the Anguienne Valley and its hillsides.

  • 7 Old Townhouses

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue de Beaulieu F - 16000 Angoulême

    Between the Cathedral and the Law Courts (Palais de Justice) there are some remarkable 18C townhouses (rue de Beaulieu, rue Turenne, rue du Soleil) with wonderful façades and inner courtyards.

  • 8 Cordeliers Chapel

    Religious buildings

    rue de Beaulieu F - 16000 Angoulême

    André Thevet, a monk in the Cordeliers Convent, brought back tobacco from Brazil in 1556 and named it the ''Angoulême herb''. The chapel has a Gothic bell tower. The Angoulême moralist Guez de Balzac was buried here in 1654.

  • 9 Archaeological Society Museum

    Museums and art

    44 rue de Montmoreau F - 16000 Angoulême

    In its exhibition rooms and garden, the Musée de la société archéologique boasts Gallo-Roman mosaics, lapidary collections from the Roman era to the present day, and regional antiquities such as faience, weapons, Limousin enamel and curios.

  • 10 Northern Ramparts (Angoulême)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rempart de Beaulieu F - 16000 Angoulême

    The Northern Ramparts provide a high-angle view of the bridge, the suburbs of Saint-Cybard, the Charente Valley and its industries.

  • 11 Contemporary Art Foundation

    Museums and art

    63 boulevard Besson-Bey F - 16000 Angoulême

    The Contemporary Art Foundation (Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain de Poitou-Charentes) displays its latest acquisitions in temporary exhibitions at its headquarters.

  • 12 Ladent Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rond-point de la Colonne F - 16000 Angoulême

    General Resnier (1728-1811) leapt off the Tour Ladent in 1806, sporting a pair of wings. Alas, the valliant general crashed to the ground and broke his leg, after which there was no more talk of equipping soldiers in the imperial army with his invent..

  • 13 Place Beaulieu

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place Beaulieu F - 16000 Angoulême

    Place Beaulieu is located at the tip of the headland where the Lycée Guez-de-Blazac replaced a Benedictine abbey. There is a fine view in the foreground of the suburbs and Church of Saint-Ausone (built by Abadie), and in the background of the conflue..

  • 14 Rue de Beaulieu

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue de Beaulieu F - 16000 Angoulême

    A fine 1783 building at n° 79 boasts a majestic façade with three square turrets and an Ionic colonnade.

  • 15 St-Martial's space

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue St-Martial F - 16000 Angoulême

    This space was turned into an pedestrian area and is now a pleasant place for a walk, thanks to its little square. The porch bell-tower of the Saint-Martial Church looks on to the space (19C).

  • 16 Museum of the Le Nil paper factory

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    134 rue de Bordeaux F - 16000 Angoulême

    In this Bardou-Le Nil paper factory, which specialises in producung cigarette paper, you will see one of the six mill wheels which used to power the process until the advent of electricity. Here you will learn all about the traditional activities of ..

  • 17 Pôle Image

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue de Bordeaux F - 16000 Angoulême

    In 1997 the city was endowed with the Pôle image, a project to rehabilitate the suburb of St-Cybard by developing the multimedia industry. Magélis, named after a renovated wine warehouse, has brought together various structures including training cen..

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