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  • 1 Keep Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Du Guesclin F - 79000 Niort

    This was the main part of the fortified castle built by Henry II Plantagenet Plantagenet and completed by Richard Lionheart. More than just a castle, it was a walled city with houses, gardens, parade grounds and collegiate. Today, it houses a chamois..

  • 2 Bernard-d'Agesci Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    26 avenue de Limoges F - 79000 Niort

    This restored museum honours Niort painter and sculptor Bernard d'Agesci (1757-1828), who did a great deal for the town. It contains three collections: from the Fine Arts Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Conservatoire de l'éducation. Its 5,..

  • 3 Le Pilori Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place du Pilori F - 79000 Niort

    This curious building is the former town hall, built on a nearly triangular plot. In the 16C, architect Mathurin Bertomé added semicircular towers, and crowned it with merlons and mullioned windows. Today, it houses temporary exhibitions. The name co..

  • 4 Rue Victor-Hugo

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Victor-Hugo F - 79000 Niort

    The two hills of Niort are separated by a small valley where the medieval market once stood. This street follows that path and ends at Place de Brèche, where the main roads into the town centre converge.

  • 5 Old Niort

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Rabot F - 79000 Niort

    The old winding streets here are lined with low, tiled houses that have old-fashioned names like l'Huilerie, La Regratterie and Du Rabot. On either side of Rue Victor-Hugo, they run up the two hills of Niort.

  • 6 Rue St-Jean

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue St-Jean F - 79000 Niort

    This street used to be lined with market stalls and is still home to many private houses - at n° 30, the Maison du Gouverneur, dating back to the 15C, and at n° 3 (on Rue du Petit-Saint-Jean), Hôtel d'Estissac, an elegant Renaissance home.

  • 7 Église Notre-Dame

    Religious buildings

    1 rue de la Cure F - 79000 Niort

    Jagged pinnacles stand on the square tower that is topped with a 76 metre steeple. Insid, you will find baptismal fonts where Françoise d'Aubigné is said to have been baptised and the mausoleum of governor of Niort, Charles de Baudéan-Parabère, his w..

  • 8 Rue du Pont

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Pont F - 79000 Niort

    Françoise d'Aubigné, granddaughter of the poet Agrippa d'Aubigné, was born in 1635 in a house on a courtyard at n° 5 on this street. As widow of the poet Scarron, she was presented at court and became a ''favourite'' of Louis XIV, who made her Marqui..

  • 9 Coulee Verte

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai de la Regratterie, de Cronstadt et de la Préfecture F - 79000 Niort

    This area, composed of the Quai de la Regratterie, Quai Constadt and Quai De la Préfecture, is a pleasant place for a stroll along the Sèvre. The old bridges afford nice views of the keep.

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