Loire Valley

This fertile land was once the playground of kings and their courts, who left behind a trail of magnificent chteaux ranging from exuberant Renaissance to Classical grandeur.

Areas:

Artechture features:

  1. Basilica
  2. Clerestory
  3. Buttress
  4. Flying Buttress
  5. Portal
  6. Tympanum
  7. Vault
  8. Trasept
  9. Crossing
  10. Lantern
  11. Triforium
  12. Apse
  13. Arcaade

Dynasties of the Loire Valley

  1. Merovingians
  2. Carolingians Dynasty
  3. Capetian Dynasty
  4. Valois Dynasty
  5. Bourbon Dynasty

town of Tours:

The medieval old town, Le Vieux Tours, is full of narrow streets lined with beautiful half-timbered houses. Now sensitively restored, it is a lively area crammed with little cafes, bard, restaurant that attract locals as well as tourists.