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POITIERS lies roughly halfway between Bordeaux and Paris. With its history and lively centre, it made an interesting halfway stop for us last summer on our way to Spain.

The city's name is associated with two major battles that took place in the area. The first, in 732, is also known as the Battle of Tours and saw the Franks commanded by Charles Martel defeat an army of the Umayyad Caliphate. The second, in 1356, saw the defeat by the English and the capture of King John II by the Prince of Wales.

With more than 29,000 students, Poitiers has been a major university city since the creation of its University in 1431, having hosted René Descartes and François Rabelais, among others. Another famous native of Poitiers is the postmodern giant Michel Foucault.

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NOTRE-DAME LA GRANDE is considered as one of the oldest and most beautiful Romanesque churchs in Europe (or anywhere else, obviously). The richly decorated west front is recognised as a masterpiece of Romanesque religious art. The walls inside the church are painted.

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THIS PICTURES captures that marvellous western facade of the Notre Dame in warm evening light with some visitors or locals in silhouette underneath.

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