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  • 1 Keep Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Donjon 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 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..

  • 3 Bernard-d'Agesci Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    28 av. 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,..

  • 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.

  • 10 Logis de l'Hercule

    Museums and art

    r. du Pont F - 79000 Niort

    In 1603, the first case of the plague was declared in this inn. It went on to decimate the population. Today, the history of the town is evoked in a series of medieval-style rooms.

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