Angoulême refers to a commune that is located in the south west of France and which also doubles up as the capital of the department of Charente. It lies on the banks of the River Charente and is situated in an idyllic hill high above this river. The town was originally a Roman settlement that was known as Encolisma but it was subjected to wars and plunder during the religious wars. Some of the cities that lie in close proximity with the town of Angoulême include Gond-Pontouvre, Soyaux, Saint-Yrieix-sur-Charente, L’isle-d’Espagnac and Saint Michel.
The Cathedral of St Pierre is without doubt the finest building in the town of Angoulême. The cathedral dates back to the year 1105 and construction was finished in the year 1128. The cathedral has over time undergone restoration in the year 1650 as well as some alterations courtesy of Abadie in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The cathedral spots a blend of the Byzantine and Romanesque styles. The western front has a rich collection of sculptures which number not less than seventy figurines which enact the representations of the Ascension and the Last Judgment. Additionally, there are four domes found in the cruciform interior of the cathedral. To get to this attraction, you need to rent a car in Angoulême.
The former Bishop’s palace plays host to the Musée des Beaux-Arts located in Angoulême. The Musée des Beaux-Arts has a rich collection of art that is drawn from different eras and which feature a wide variety of styles. The Musée des Beaux-Arts has collections from as early as the prehistoric era, Romanesque as well as overseas art. Additionally, it also features an archeological museum that showcases archeological finds from the area around the town of Angoulême. To get to this attraction you need to hire a car in Angoulême.
If you want to experience the most amazing views in Angoulême, then the old walls promise to do exactly that. A drive or walk around the old walls of the town of Angoulême has a number of towers which will offer you picturesque views of the countryside surrounding the town of Angoulême. From these vantage points, you will have the opportunity to view the well preserved seventeenth and eighteenth century-fashioned aristocratic mansions. To get to this attraction, you need car rental in Angoulême.
The Hôtel de Ville or Town Hall is located in the Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville which lies smack in the middle of the town of Angoulême. Construction started in the year 1858 and was completed in the year 1866. There are a number of attractions which lie in close proximity with the Town Hall including the Tour de Valois, the church of St- André, the castle of the Dukes of Angoulême and the Tour Polygone.
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