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2) historical monuments
To start I chose this because I was there for almost a year. And my opinion was that I really like this city maybe even more than Los Angeles.
Initially, Niort is located in the Poitou-Charentes. It is a French city, a chief of the department of Deux-Sevres. Niort is the most populous city of Deux-Sevres, it is also the headquarters of the urban community.
The city is geographically located in the south-western department of Deux-Sevres, on the banks of the Sevre niortaise, now converted into green corridor. Bordering wet marshes (the "Green Venice"), Niort is the main gateway to the Marais Poitevin. The city is one of the major cities of Poitou History.
The city is located in a rich and fertile plain, south of the Gâtine Lower Poitou. Located on a major transit point between the south-west of Britain and northern France, it is in contact with several countries of Poitou, Aunis and Saintonge.
Here are some distances between the city of Niort and other cities:
In the department:
Saint-Maixent-l'École: 25 km Miss: 27 km
Parthenay: 41 km
Bressuire: 64 km
Thouars: 81 km
In the Poitou-Charentes
Rochefort: 60 km
La Rochelle: 63 km
Saintes: 70 km
Poitiers: 77 km
Cognac: 80 km
Royan: 100 km
Châtellerault: 110 km
Angoulême: 110 km
The city has a population of 56,878 inhabitants identified since 2009. A density of 834 inhabitants per square km, an urban area of 149 220 inhabitants. Not to mention an area of 68.20 km square and a height of two meters at least and seventy-seven meters or less.
The inhabitants of this city are called Niortais and Niortaise.
What's in it of his origins is that this city has been inhabited since Neolithic times.
Then it was Gallo-Roman, connecting a loop of the Sevre Niort, near the old Gulf Pictons. BC, it probably is a village located in the loop of the Sevre there or is the neighborhood Bessac. Archaeological excavations show a significant commercial activity for the time. These excavations show that the village was "abandoned" around the first century. The reasons for the abandonment or reduction in activity are not known , however, fires, epidemics (near marshes), upwelling during the first century global warming, the assumptions may be many, but Gaul was Romanized, it may appear strange that a place of such business be abandoned by the Romans caciques.
Niort is one of three departments (Vendée, Deux-Sèvres and Charente-Maritime) and two regions (Pays de la Loire and Poitou-Charentes). These three departments and two regions formed the Marais Poitevin, in fact it straddles them, it covers covers about 100,000 hectares. The space left by the ocean over time has gradually filled with sediment, forming a large, flat, with altitudes from 0 to 8 meters (half of the marsh at less than two meters) is intermediate between that of high tides and low tides. The dried marshes cover an area of approximately 47 000 hectares. The wet marshes (the easternmost part is referred to as Green Venice) cover their share of approximately 29 000 hectares, while the marshes qualified intermediaries (which means they are imperfectly drained) account for about 19 000 hectares.
If you have the opportunity to go there I suggest you go there you will be hooked after the beautiful ride it's worth it to go in any case I do not regret going .
Then I wanted to talk about dragons, but in order to talk about this it is necessary to go back. So Niort is won by the reform in 1557, the city became Protestant, but was taken over by the Catholics in 1569. June 20 to July 3, the royal troops of the Count of Lude laid siege to the city without success. In October, after the defeat of Protestant Moncontour, La Brosse and 23 catholics abandoned the city. One of the bloodiest episodes of Niort during the Wars of Religion, which took place on the night of 27 to 28 December 1588, which occurred during clashes between Catholics and Protestants with murder, looting and fires. Saint-Gelais and Agrippa d'Aubigné seized . In 1627, Niort becomes Catholic, but remains an active center of Protestantism. The dragonnades have affected the city since 1668. They lasted until 1685 and forced many Protestants to flee, in particular to Canada.That is why this street is called that. And today the street is especially Chinatown Niort.
In addition the city has no castle but instead it unites you .
Why a dungeon? Here is a story that will make you understand why.
The city depended on the count of Poitiers.
It passed with the dowry of Eleanor of Aquitaine first under authority of the King of France, then with his remarriage in the areas of the English king. This was not without some advantages. In 1203, Eleanor gave to Niortais a charter franchise. Her royal husband, Henry II and his son Richard the Lion Heart, the citadel fortified with a castle and a speaker that had a length of 2800 meters, almost double that of Carcassonne. All that remains today the imposing double tower and traces of foundations Place Saint-Jean.
Back into the French fold, 1244, Niort resisted an assault on the Earl of Derby in September 1346 (the Hundred Years War). However, it passed under the English banner with the Treaty of Bretigny, in 1360. The city had become a"free port" in 1285, allowing its further economic and trade development.
Bertrand du Guesclin took Niort to the English March 23, 1372. For this he used a trick, two hundred of his bravest soldiers wore English uniforms. In their view, the enemy sentries lowered the drawbridge. The French entered the town and disarmed the English. Niort and reinstated the kingdom of France.
During the Praguerie (1440), uprising against the reforms of Charles VII, the future Louis XI dolphin, Niort made his headquarters and gave him many privileges.
In the fourteenth century the drapers, tanners were the reputation of Niort. The late Middle Ages saw the digging of the port that will ensure the commercial development of the city by connecting the Atlantic Ocean. Dug by order of Jean de Berry, Count of Poitou, the port shipped in Flanders and Spain, salt, fish, wheat, wool and of course sheets and skins … At the same time, Niortais drew pride and benefitted of their fairs and markets, provided that the halls will be among the finest in the kingdom.
I could not speak of this city without mentioning the schools. As I said before I lived in Niort for almost a year. That's why I know about this town, but I knew it well above the establishment patios. For the most part of you I'm sure you've never heard of this institution. But for others it is a place where you will have very many memories and we would even want to stay the same all the time. Anyway this place is a weight-loss facilities for teenagers.
It is near the center of Niort in a green, near the Green Venice. This facility is based on a comprehensive treatment plan and is organized around individual goals developed by the technical team:
, medical supervision,
-supported physiotherapy and psychomotor,
-nutrition education (participation in workshops and lectures in courses)
-rehabilitation training under medical supervision,
While I can understand that this has nothing to do in town, but a description of Niort for me is synonymous with the Terraces. And I do not see myself talking about the city not to mention the institutions which for me is all because without them I would not have become what I am today.
It is a center where one of wonderful encounters, memories of laughs …
Sometimes you do not want to go somewhere because you do not know but when you know and you become attached to the people and when you leave feel like you've left the place and people.