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 medieval architecture ensembles in France.
On the current site of the courthouse of Poitiers, have been various exercises of power, perhaps from antiquity, more surely from the High Middle Ages.

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

Shortly after the year 1000, a new palace was built 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 Joan of Arc). The whole, surrounded by moats, is the residence of the Counts of Poitou-dukes of Aquitaine.

The large ceremonial hall is rebuilt by the Plantagenet family shortly before 1200; known as "Salle des Pas Perdus", with its vast dimensions and decoration of Angevin style (blind arches, 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 becomes less and less residential, in favor of its administrative functions. He knows new developments around 1380, under the impetus of Jean de Berry: the tower Maubergeon is rebuilt, private connections (now missing) are built in the east, a new gable wall fence the great room, pierced with wide bays above monumental carved fireplaces.
The set announces the flamboyant Gothic style.

After the French Revolution, the former Count's Palace was definitively converted into a courthouse: bodies of buildings leaning against the main hall and a colonnade entrance complete the original provisions.

Current Courthouse:
Visit the Hall of Lost only, upon presentation of identification.
Backpacks not accepted, security check.
(Access can be modified or closed according to certain lawsuits, or particular events)

Opening hours to the public:
Monday to Friday: 10h to 12h and 15h to 17h.
(except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays).

Guided tours :
Guided tours are offered throughout the year, according to the program.

You will find the palace of the Counts of Poitou-dukes of Aquitaine on the circuits " Episcopal ", " Montierneuf"," Saint-Hilaire "and" Modern City ", to discover the riches of the city of Poitiers.
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10, place Alphonse Lepetit
Tel : +33 5 49 50 22 00

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Disabled access, Groups accepted

The most accessible car park :
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Underground parking on three levels comprising 600 seats.
Access with 2 entrances (Malraux road or street of Mexico City)
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45, place Charles de Gaulle - BP 377 - 86009 Poitiers cedex
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From 21 September to 19 June: from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 6 pm.
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Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm