Tours

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Loire

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Tours stands on the lower reaches of the Loire river, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast.
It rises in the winter of the southeastern quarter of the French Massif Central in the Cévennes range (in the department of Ardèche) at 1350 m near Mont Gerbier de Jonc; it flows north through Nevers to Orléans, then west through Tours and Nantes until it reaches the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean) at Saint-Nazaire.

Indre-et-Loire

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It is the administrative centre of the Indre-et-Loire department and the largest city in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France (although it is not the capital, which is the region's second-largest city, Orléans).
Its prefecture is Tours and subprefectures are Chinon and Loches.

Touraine

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The surrounding district, the traditional province of Touraine, is known for its wines, for the alleged perfection (as perceived by some speakers and for historical reasons) of its local spoken French, and for the Battle of Tours (732). Tours became the capital of the county of Tours or Touraine, territory bitterly disputed between the counts of Blois and Anjou – the latter were victorious in the 11th century.
Its capital was Tours.

Battle of Tours

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The surrounding district, the traditional province of Touraine, is known for its wines, for the alleged perfection (as perceived by some speakers and for historical reasons) of its local spoken French, and for the Battle of Tours (732).
It was fought in an area between the cities of Poitiers and Tours, in Aquitaine in west-central France, near the village of Moussais-la-Bataille, about 20 km northeast of Poitiers.

Paris–Tours

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The city is also the end-point of the annual Paris–Tours cycle race.
Paris–Tours is a French one-day classic cycling race held every October from the outskirts of Paris to the cathedral city of Tours.

Tours Amphitheatre

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It was at this time that the amphitheatre of Tours, one of the five largest amphitheatres of the Empire, was built.
The Tours amphitheater (also known as the Caesarodunum amphitheater) is a Roman amphitheatre located in the historic city center of Tours, France, immediately behind the well known Tours cathedral.

Martin of Tours

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One of the outstanding figures of the history of the city was Saint Martin, second bishop who shared his coat with a naked beggar in Amiens.
His shrine in Tours became a famous stopping-point for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Alcuin

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In the 9th century, Tours was at the heart of the Carolingian Rebirth, in particular because of Alcuin abbot of Marmoutier.
He was made Abbot of Tours in 796, where he remained until his death.

Marmoutier Abbey, Tours

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In the 9th century, Tours was at the heart of the Carolingian Rebirth, in particular because of Alcuin abbot of Marmoutier.
Marmoutier Abbey — also known as the Abbey of Marmoutier or Marmoutiers — was an early monastery outside Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France.

Departments of France

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It is the administrative centre of the Indre-et-Loire department and the largest city in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France (although it is not the capital, which is the region's second-largest city, Orléans).

Blois

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Tours became the capital of the county of Tours or Touraine, territory bitterly disputed between the counts of Blois and Anjou – the latter were victorious in the 11th century.
Blois is a city and the capital of Loir-et-Cher department in central France, situated on the banks of the lower river Loire between Orléans and Tours.

Angers

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Still led by Hasting, they went up the Loire again in 852 and sacked Angers, Tours and the abbey of Marmoutier.
This was a common change in Gaul, also seen in the names of Paris, Tours and Évreux around this time.

Turones

The name evolved in the 4th century when the original Gallic name, Turones, became first "Civitas Turonum" then "Tours".
The Touraine is named after them, as is the capital of said ancient province, Tours.

Counts and dukes of Anjou

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Charles IX passed through the city at the time of his royal tour of France between 1564 and 1566, accompanied by the Court and various noblemen: his brother the Duke of Anjou, Henri de Navarre, the cardinals of Bourbon and Lorraine.

Centre-Val de Loire

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It is the administrative centre of the Indre-et-Loire department and the largest city in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France (although it is not the capital, which is the region's second-largest city, Orléans).

Jean Royer

The recent history of Tours is marked by the personality of Jean Royer, who was Mayor for 36 years and helped to save the old town from demolition by establishing one of the first Conservation Areas.
Jean Royer (31 October 1920 – 25 March 2011) was a French catholic and conservative politician, former Minister, and former Mayor of Tours.

University of Tours

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In 1970, the François Rabelais University was founded; this is centred on the bank of the Loire in the downtown area, and not – as it was then the current practice – in a campus in the suburbs.
The University of Tours (French: Université de Tours), till 18 December 2017 François Rabelais University of Tours (Université François-Rabelais de Tours), is a public university in Tours, France.

Henry IV of France

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Charles IX passed through the city at the time of his royal tour of France between 1564 and 1566, accompanied by the Court and various noblemen: his brother the Duke of Anjou, Henri de Navarre, the cardinals of Bourbon and Lorraine.
On 5 February of that year, he formally abjured Catholicism at Tours and rejoined the Protestant forces in the military conflict.

Rue Nationale

The plan was for 20 small quadrangular blocks of housing to be arranged around the main road (la rue Nationale), which was widened.
The Rue Nationale is one of the oldest street and the busiest shopping street in the city of Tours.

Provinces of France

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The surrounding district, the traditional province of Touraine, is known for its wines, for the alleged perfection (as perceived by some speakers and for historical reasons) of its local spoken French, and for the Battle of Tours (732).

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tours

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The cathedral of Tours, dedicated to Saint Gatien, its canonized first bishop, was begun about 1170 to replace the cathedral that was burnt out in 1166, during the dispute between Louis VII of France and Henry II of England.
The ecclesiastical province of Tours corresponds with the late Roman province of Tertia Lugdunensis.

Anjou

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Tours became the capital of the county of Tours or Touraine, territory bitterly disputed between the counts of Blois and Anjou – the latter were victorious in the 11th century.
Geoffrey inaugurated a policy of expansion, having as its objects the extension of the boundaries of the ancient countship and the reconquest of those parts of it which had been annexed by other states; for, though western Anjou had been recovered from the dukes of Brittany since the beginning of the 10th century, in the east all the district of Saumur had already by that time fallen into the hands of the counts of Blois and Tours.

Cher (river)

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In the 1970s, Jean Royer also extended the city to the south by diverting the course of the River Cher to create the districts of Rives du Cher and des Fontaines; at the time, this was one of the largest urban developments in Europe.
It joins the river Loire at Villandry, west of Tours.

Jean Germain (politician)

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Jean Germain, a member of the Socialist Party, became Mayor in 1995 and made debt reduction his priority.
In 1995 he was elected mayor of Tours and president of the agglomeration community of Tours, Tour(s) Plus.

Honoré de Balzac

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The atmosphere of the Gothic cathedral close permeates Honoré de Balzac's dark short novel of jealousy and provincial intrigues, Le Curé de Tours (The Curate of Tours) and his medieval story Maitre Cornélius opens within the cathedral itself.
After the Reign of Terror (1793–94), François Balzac was despatched to Tours to coordinate supplies for the Army.