PALAIS DES COMTES DE POITOU - DUCS D'AQUITAINE

 
10, place Alphonse Lepetit - 86000 POITIERS
 +33 5 49 50 22 00
 
 
 
With the large hall and the Maubergeon tower, the palace of the Counts of Poitou-dukes of Aquitaine is today one of the most remarkable architectural ensembles of the Middle Ages in France.
On the present site of the palace of justice of Poitiers, successive exercises of the power, perhaps from Antiquity, more surely from the High Middle Ages.

Indeed, the name Maubergeon (which still qualifies the medieval keep) is derived from the "mall-berg", the former Merovingian court.

Shortly after the year, a new palace was erected on a clod of land, leaning against the ancient rampart and completed around 1100 by a first tower (whose remains are visible in the square Jeanne d'Arc). The whole, surrounded by ditches, constitutes the residence of the counts of Poitou-dukes of Aquitaine.

The large ceremonial room was rebuilt by the Plantagenet family a little before 1200; Known as the "Salle des Pas Perdus", with its vast dimensions and its decor of Anjou style (blind arcades, capitals), it is the official hall of the Palace.
It remains today one of the most remarkable examples of medieval civil architecture in France.

From the thirteenth century, the palace became less and less residential, to the benefit of its administrative functions. He underwent new installations around 1380, under the impetus of Jean de Berry: the Maubergeon tower was rebuilt, private apparatments (now extinct) were erected to the east, a new gable wall enclosed the great hall, pierced with Large bays over monumental carved fireplaces.
The ensemble announces the flamboyant Gothic style.

After the French Revolution, the former county palace was definitively converted into a courthouse: the bodies of buildings attached to the main hall and a colonnaded entrance complete the original arrangements.

Visit the Salle des Pas Perdus only.
Upon presentation of the identity document.
Backpacks not accepted.

Opening hours :
Monday to Friday: 10 am to 12 noon and3 pm to 5 pm.
(Except on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).

Guided tours :
Guided tours are offered throughout the year, depending on the program.
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You will find the palace of the Counts of Poitou-dukes of Aquitaine on the circuits " Episcopal ", " Montierneuf ", " Saint-Hilaire " and " Modern City", Allowing to discover the wealth of the city of Poitiers.
 
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10, place Alphonse Lepetit
86000 POITIERS
Tel : +33 5 49 50 22 00
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