miercuri, 15 august 2012

Tours, France, Day #2

It was dark and it was raining cats and dogs, so we couldn't see much of Tours, sorry for the dark pictures. 
Best thing in Tours was meeting our internet friends who became friends in the real life in a blink of an eye.

We tried to visit the city center, but because of the rain we entered the cathedral (which is a classified monument since 1862!), took some pictures, read some notes on the walls and left for better (and sunny) places...


Somehow, the central square reminded us of old British buildings...



Tours was the capital of France at the time of Louis XI, who had settled in the castle of Montils (now is in La Riche, a suburb of Tours, near Ronsard's priory we visited earlier in the day).


The Saint-Gatien cathedral was built between 1170 and 1547. The organ, donated by Archbishop Martin de Beaune, was built by Barnabé Delanoue in the 16th century.







This tomb, in Carrara marble, is the tomb of the children of Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany, who died as infants. It was made by Girolamo da Fiesole, in the Italian style. Is a fine piece of art, moved from another Tour's cathedral here, in 1834.

And those being told, Elvis left the building.

3 comentarii:

ZADIN spunea...

I like so much the photos showing the buildings architecture.

www.zadinblog.com

alison spunea...

a rainy day to remember!<3

The Fairy's Apprentice spunea...

@ZADIN: I love them too, so in the next few days this is what you'll see :)
@alison: forever, my friend