Place du Maréchal-Leclerc - 86000 POITIERS
It is in 1058 that is mentioned for the first time a place here. There is then a question of foro Veterum: an old forum. This name suggests that late Gallo-Roman times, there was a public space structuring of the city: the Forum.

In the Middle Ages, halls and shops occupy the entire site. It became the economic center of the city of Poitiers and takes the twelfth century, the "Market Square-old."

In the seventeenth century, the economic function without disappearing completely disappears in favor of a military function. Instead welcomes indeed the statue of Louis XIV and became "Royal Plaza". Revolution renamed the site "National Place" after the destruction of the statue. But it becomes "Royal Plaza" during the Restoration.

In 1830 it was renamed "Place d'Armes" reminding military parades held there. The Poitevin still give the name when it is renamed Place du Maréchal Leclerc since 1948.Marshal Philippe Leclerc Hautecloque did part of his schooling at Poitiers, at school Feuillants.

With the church of Notre-Dame-la-Grande, it is the symbol of identity and Poitiers is the focal point of the project that connects Agglo Heart of the Prefecture at the Hotel de Ville, and the gardens of Puygarreau.
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