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The Palace of Justice in Poitiers (French: le Palais de justice de Poitiers) began its life as the seat of the Counts of Poitou and Dukes of Aquitaine in the tenth through twelfth centuries.OriginThe former Merovingian kingdom of Aquitaine was re-established by Charlemagne for his son Louis the Pious; in the 9th century, a palace was constructed or reconstructed for him, one among many, above a Roman wall datable to the late 3rd century, at the highest spot of the town. Louis stayed there many times as a king and then returned to the palace after becoming, in 839 and 840. The palatium was specifically called a palace in the reign of Charles the Bald. After the disintegration of the Carolingian realm, the palace became the seat of the Counts of Poitiers. The first palace of Poitiers was completely destroyed by a fire in 1018.The palace was completely rebuilt, straddling the wall, by the Count-Dukes of Aquitaine, then at the pinnacle of their power. In 1104, Count William IX added a donjon on the town side. It is known as the tour Maubergeon, after his mistress Amauberge ("the Dangerous"), wife of Vicomte Aimery de Châtellerault and grandmother of Eleanor of Aquitaine. The rectangular keep is reinforced with four smaller square towers projecting from each corner; it was greatly damaged when the southern portion of the palace was set ablaze by Henry of Grosmont in 1346.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Le Palais by using our Poitiers tour itinerary planning website.
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We went to see this beautiful building with all its history but sadly found out that it was closed for renovations. At the tourist information they said something about closing until next spring...
We went to see this beautiful building with all its history but sadly found out that it was closed for renovations. At the tourist information they said something about closing until next spring... more »
This was easy to walk past and not really notice but I am glad we took time to locate it and learn about the history that surrounds this place. It is quite impressive and more s given the era the...
This was easy to walk past and not really notice but I am glad we took time to locate it and learn about the history that surrounds this place. It is quite impressive and more s given the era the... more »
They do a tour at 1730 hrs but we couldn't stay that late but would be worth doing. Very interesting history and free to enter also free written guide in English. Used as a community space and they have events on regularly.
If you go to Poitiers, do not hesitate to climb the steps of the Palace to enter this magnificent room. Imposing chimney that is worth the detour. A free visit is organized to discover adjoining rooms with rich commentaries.
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