The historical center of Poitiers was indeed a treasure trove and we spent a whole day walking around and exploring each historic site in such detail as it deserved. The next day, our last day in Poitiers, we still had a couple of hours left before taking another train. So there was ample time to explore some sites of Poitiers, which were a bit farther afield. That sounds almost dramatic, when in reality we just walked in a different direction.
We started with the Hôtel Jean Beaucé, a beautiful building from the 16th century. You can’t go inside or anything, but it does look impressive from the outside already. I mean just look at the tower and the spiraling windows!
Next up was the Blossac Park, which is the largest park in Poitiers with its nine hectares. Imagine that all of that was a private garden in the late 17th century when it was established by the Count of Blossac.
After a rather extensive walk, after all there were nine hectares to be covered, we still walked to the Saint Porchaire Church, which is just around the corner basically. We arrived at the end of Sunday mass and waited until most people had left. It’s really astonishing how many people still attend mass in France.
The foundations of this church are from the 9th century, with reconstructions in the 15th century. No colorful pillars this time, but a beautiful patterned floor on the upper level. Otherwise the church looks rather stark and imposing with its sandy color all over. But I do love the two level churches here in the area.
By then it was time to say goodbye to Poitiers and take the train to our last destination. Yours, Pollybert