Tours refers to the city and capital of the Indre-et-Loire department as well as the capital of the Touraine Region of Central France. The city lies on the banks of the Loire and is famous for its wines and agricultural produce. The city is popularly known as the Garden of France. Some of the cities that lie in close proximity with the city of Tours include Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Isere, Turin and Ain.
There are a number of attractions in Tours. One such attraction is the Château Royal which dates back to the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. Originally, it served as a residence for the Valois kings. Presently, it is home to three museums namely the Musee Grevin or Historial de Touraine, the Atelier Histoire de Tours and the Aquarium. They feature the history of Touraine, the history of the town and numerous tropical and fresh water fishes respectively. The other attraction is the Hôtel Gouin which refers to an Italian-style mansion that dates back to the first decade of the sixteenth century. It is now home to a large collection of the Archaeological Society of Touraine which includes among other things Medieval, Preshistoric and Gallo-Roman antiquities as well as art that dates as far back as the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century. To get to this attraction, you need to hire a car in Tours.
There are a number of popular attractions in Tours. One of these popular attractions is the Abbey of Marmoutier which lies of the right bank of the Loire. It refers to the ruins of an ancient abbey which was founded by St. Martin. It is also home to the Priory of St Come. Also found in close proximity to the Abbey of Marmoutier are a number of attractions including La Grenadiere and La Bechellerie. To get to these attractions you need to rent a car in Tours.
The nearby town of Azay-le-Ferron is home to one of the most magnificent chateau that has been passed from family to family for more than a century. The chateau is now the property of the city of Tours. The other attraction in Tours is the Cathedral of St Gatien. To get to these attractions you need car rental in Tours.
There are a number of other attractions in Tours. Some of them include the Central Station, Cloître de la Psalette, Musée Beaux Arts, Old Town, Place Jaurès, Savonnières Petrifying Caves, St Julien Church, and much more.
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