Poitiers

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Poitiers

Coordinates: 46°34′55″N 0°20′10″E / 46.581944°N 0.336111°E / 46.581944; 0.336111


Poitiers (French pronunciation: [pwatje]) is a city on the Clain river in west central France. It is a commune and the capital of the Vienne department and of the Poitou-Charentes region. The centre is picturesque and its streets are interesting for predominant remains of historical architecture, especially from the Romanesque period. The Battle of Tours, in which French troops commanded by Charles Martel prevented a takeover of France by the Umayyad Caliphate, and the Battle of Poitiers, a key victory for English forces during the Hundred Years' War, both occurred near Poitiers.

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