Presentation on theme: "The City of Tours By Chae Won Park Giant Cedar Tree."— Presentation transcript:
1 The City of ToursBy Chae Won ParkGiant Cedar Tree
2 ToursPopulation: 140,000Nickname: “Le Jardin de la France” (The Garden of France)Location: Indre-Loire department, on Loire riverTouraine – famous for winesLargest city in Centre regionTouraine – former province of France; region around Tours (its capital)Centre – one of 26 regions of France
3 Tours (cont.)Inhabitants (Tourangeaux) – known for speaking purest form of FrenchMost standard pronunciationBattle of Tours – 732 A.D.Site of Paris-Tours cycling raceBattle of Tours – one of most decisive battles in history; Christians vs. Muslims – stopped Islamic conquests and preserved Christianity in EuropeTours doesn’t have a major chateau because of World War II.
5 Famous SitesThe Old City (le Vieux Tours) – original medieval districtHalf-timbered buildingsla Place Plumereau – town square(http://www.scribd.com/doc/ /Le-Vieux-Tours- France)Half-timbering – method of building used in 13th-18th centuries
10 Famous Sites (cont.)Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours (Museum of Fine Arts of Tours)Palais des Archevêques (Archbishop’s Palace) – former buildingClassified as “monument historique” on 27 June 1983Fairly large collection of paintings, including two by Andrea Mantegna(http://www.tours.fr/culture/musees/bxarts)Museum of Fine Arts of Tours – near St. Gatien’s Cathedral
12 Jésus au jardin des oliviers by Andrea Mantegna, 1459 La Résurrection by Andrea Mantegna, 1459
13 Transportation TGV – one of main lines Tours Loire Valley Airport - connects the Loire Valley to London Stansted Airport and DublinBus serviceMain central stop - Jean Jaures – next to the Hôtel de Ville and Rue Nationale, the main street of ToursTours does not have a metro rail system.Hôtel de Ville – City HallHôtel de Ville
15 References“Tours.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 30 January Web. 31 January <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tours>“Site de la Ville de Tours.” <http://www.tours.fr>Vieux-Tours-Franceguide/france/tours/index.html
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