Clarion Hotel Chateau Belmont Tours
57, rue Groison
Phone: (33) 2 47466500
Fax: (33) 2 47466501
A breathtaking castle, Chateau de Tours was constructed in the 11th Century. The castle building is a fine example of Carolingian architectural style and was the official home of Lords of France. Presently, Chateau de Tours contains contemporary exhibits including photographs and paintings. Works of Nadar, Daniel Buren and Joan Miro are exhibited at the Chateau de Tours. There is also a workship portraying the history of Tours where the historical and archaeological models, documents are shown to the visitors.
Dating back to the 15th Century, the Hôtel Goüin building of Tours is one of the finest examples of early Renaissance style architecture seen today. Originally built as a hôtel particulier or a townhouse, it today houses the collections of the Archaeological Society of Touraine. Flanked by a impressive stone gate and large double doors along with intricate stone carvings on its walls, the house is a major architectural landmark of the region.
Castles that appear to be Disney's inspiration and emerald landscapes that make the scene look almost surreal make up the The Loire Valley. Aptly named as the 'Garden of France', UNESCO pronounced the region between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes of the Loire Valley as a World Heritage in 2000. Particularly this region is home to many historic towns like Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours. In addition to large scale plantations of a variety of fruits and vegetables, the wine from the The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes is very well received all across the world. These lands have seen meticulous agriculture over several centuries thereby showcasing a great relationship between civilizations and nature.
Located in Tours, this magnificent church is believed to have been built in the 10th-century although little historic evidence is available about this. Formerly known as Église Notre-Dame-la-Pauvre de Tours, it was renamed Eglise Notre-Dame la Riche in the twelfth century. Enter the church and you'll find sterling examples of ancient art in the interiors. The stained-glass windows from the 19th-century are particularly beautiful. Do not miss this majestic church when in Tours.
Eglise Notre Dame (Church of Our Lady) is one of the oldest few churches in Tours. The grand church building is among the heritage buildings of the city. Located in the south Tours, the church conducts regular prayer services and meetings. Live concerts mostly by gospel bands and other such cultural activities are also a major attraction at this church.
A beautiful botanic garden maintained by Tours municipal council, Jardin botanique de Tours started as an assemblage of nearly 2000 exotic and medical plants placed in greenhouses. Jardin botanique de Tours is a wonderful place to explore the region's animals. Emus, turtles and wallabies can be spotted in abundance at this garden. Maidenhair tree, also known as Ginkgo, more than 150 years old, is a key attraction at the boardwalk entrace to the garden's south end. Jardin botanique de Tours also houses exhibition greenhouses and an orangery.
The priory of Lavaray was founded in the beginning of the 12th Century amidst the beautiful location of Lavaray. This fortified 4 story structure houses a large manor and has a tall watch tower on the northeast corner. The outer walls are scribed with arches and vaults and the ground floor is separated by a vaulted semi-circular cradle, a practice reminiscent to that of ancient French architecture. Besides, the the large hall of the priory is also used as a venue for various cultural events like concerts, orchestra performances, etc. Visit website for more details.
One of the most impressive and picturesque castles to adorn the valley of Loire in Villandry, the Chateau de Villandry was built in 1536 and is a picture of extreme beauty and serenity. Not only are the Castle’s architecture and interior designing a beautiful work of art, it is the well maintained and flourishing six gardens surrounding the structure that steal the show. These 19th Century, perfectly aligned gardens were initially built in the Renaissance style and include a water garden, ornamental flower gardens, and different vegetable gardens. It is one of the most frequently visited castles in the region and the gardens provide wide open spaces for the entire family to relax in. They have been continuously renovated and expanded and today, the gardens also serve as the perfect setting for any important event or marriage function.
Stepping into La Prairie de Crotet will give you a much needed respite from the crazy speed of the city. This patch of wonderful green allows you to enjoy a leisurely walk in the garden. There is a small picnic area and a special kids play area, which make this a perfect spot for family outing.
Built somewhere during the early 16th-century, the Chateau Royal d'Amboise is a Medieval styled Italian masterpiece overlooking the Loire River. Each year thousands of visitors come here to bask in the wonderful scenic views around the castle. Some even come by to check out the Gothic furniture within. A small chapel of St-Hubert also finds its home on the castle premises which epically contains the mortal remains of Leonardo Da Vinci. The Chateau Royal d'Amboise is also host to private events, weddings, wine tasting sessions and other cultural gatherings. Call ahead or check website for more details.
A tall and majestic stone castle dominates the beautiful Loire Valley and is situated close to the Roumer River. Originally built in the 10th Century, as part of the defenses of the city, Chateau de Langeais is one of the oldest and most remarkably built castles in the region. While the exterior represents typical castle architecture, it is the interior that leaves visitors awe struck. Huge open rooms and intricately designed patterns and engravings form an integral part of the Castle. There are two structures of the Castle which deserve special attention, the Foulques Nerra Tower, a ruinous structure and the oldest keep in France, and the Chateau of Louis XI, a Feudal and Renaissance style structure.
Located in Bueil-en-Touraine, this church is believed to have been founded in the 14th Century. It is now part of a religious complex which was formed by joining l'église Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens, a 15th-century church to it. The union saw the restoration of both these historic churches as well as a few installations by artists. Do pay a visit to this small but beautiful church.