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Poitou-Charentes

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Poitou Charentes
Futuroscope
Aubeterre Sur Dronne: monolithic church
Lydia wang
7th hour
French Class

Poitou
Charentes
has
4
departments:
Charente,
Charente-
Maritime
, Deux-
Sèvres,
and
Vienne
Location
:
In
South
western
France
, between
the
Loire
Valley
and
Aquitaine.
It
covers
the
central
part
of
France's

Atlantic
coastal
plain
Vienne
River
- One
of
the

most
important
rivers
in
south
-western

France
. It has
many
hydro-
electric
dams
and

2
departments
-Haute-
Vienne
and
Vienne
-
named
after
the
river.
Rivers + mountains:
Anglin

river
-
runs

through

Vienne

department.

One of
France’s

few
remaining
“wild rivers”-
rivers
that have
never

been
damned
Charente River-
Excellent
for
tourism
.
Abandoned by
commercial shipping
in the

mid-20th
century but
has
beco
me n
avigable
again
.

Climate: One
of the
mildest in
France.
and the

coastal area
of this
region is
the sunniest
part
of
France outside
the Mediterranean

coastal areas.
Terrain:
The
Massif

Amoricain
(flattened
erosional

upland)
lies
in
the
northwestern
part
of

Deux
- Sèvres.
The
Massif
Central
rises
in
the

southwest
part
of
Poitou-
Charentes
. The
central

area
is
low
lying
with
slow
moving
rivers
, woods
and
fields.
There

is

no
major
urban

center

in
the
region

and

nearly
half
of
the
population
still
lives
in

settlements
of
fewer
than
2,000
inhabitants.

Rural
areas
are
generally
sparsely


inhabited
and
contain
an
aging
population.

Major
cities:
Poitiers:
Capital
of
Poitou-
Charentes
. It's an old
hill
-

town

famous
for
its

ancient

churc
hes
like
the
Medieval fre
sco
es
in
St.
John
's Baptistry (the
oldest

place
of
Christian
worship
in
France
) and
t
he N
otre
Dame
la
Grande
church, a famous
Romane
sq
ue
church
in
France.
La R
ochelle
:
Atlantic port city
with
a maritime
museum
and an aquari
um
that is one of the 20
most
visited attractions in France.
Niort:
The c
apital

of
Deux-
Sèvre

and

one
of
Fr
ance’s
oldest
cities
.
It’s
a
classic
French

t
own
with
modern
outskirts.

It
has
an

array
of
stone
buildings
and
a
medieval
castle
overlooking
the
river-
Sèvre
Niortaise.

Angoulême
:
An attractive
hill
town/city,
with
an
old

town
center.
It
has a

cathedral
of Romanesque
origin
that
wa
s renovated
in
the
19th
century.
Economy:
Economic
activity
is


concentrated
in
4
main
areas:
the
Charente

valley,
the
Châtell
eraut-P
oitiers-Niort
corridor
, the

coastal
belt,
and
the
northern
a
rea
of
B
r
essuire-Thouars.

Tour
ism
:
Not
a
m
aj
or
industry,
but
it is
important
along
the
coast
and

islands
of

and
Oléron
because
the
coastal
area
is
popular
for
seaside
tourism
and
yachting.
Royan:
Classic
seaside
resort.
The
La
Palmyre
zoo
is
one

of
the
best
in
France.
Jardins
du
Monde

offers

a
variety
of
garden
sty
les

a
nd
a
butterfly
house
.
• Roc
he
fort:
Inland
small
city

that

was
once
a
major
na
val

arsenal
.
It
has
old
na
val
buildings,

rope

works
, and
the

Maritime

museum

which

has

a

collection

o
f
model
sailing
ships
and a
replica
of
the

Hermione
,
a

18th
century
frigate
. It
also
has
the
house
of Pierre

Loti
,
a

19th
century
traveler
, with
a
genuine
Mor
occan

interior
.

Futuroscope:
A
futuristic
theme
park
, famous
fo
r
its
variety

of high-
tech
cinemas
and is
1 of
the 20
most
visited

attractions
in
France
.

Agriculture
:
A large
number
of
people
work
in
agriculture
,
although

the

a
ctivity
is not

highly
pro
ductive
. Wheat,
barley
, and
especially
corn
are

wide
ly
grown
along
with
sunflowers
as
key
crops
. Beef
cattle
, dairy
cows
, and
sheep
are
raised

all

over
Poitou-
Charentes
. Brandy,
especially
cog
nac

i
s the region’s
most
famous
product
. Goat
cheese
is al
so

produced
while
shellfish
farming,
particularly
of oysters,
is a
major

activity
in the
coast
.
• Industry:
The
region
is
not
heavily
industrialized.

Food
and
beverage
processing,
notably
the
production

of
brandy
, are
the
most
important
industrial

activities
. Other
important
industries

include
chemicals,
wood
products,

and
electronics.
Importance:

It’s
not
economically
important

to
France,
instead
it’s
important
for
the
history
i
t
has.

Historical
significance:
It’s
been
the
site
of
many

wars

and
has
lots
of
Medieval
Greek
and
Roman
structures
and
frescoes
. In
fact
, so
many

villages
have medieval
art that
sometimes
they’re
not
even
signposted.

Important
historical
events:


It
had
an

important

stronghold
in
the

northern
march

of

Poitou
established
by

the

Count


of
Poitiers
to

secure

his

borders

in the
early
10th
century.

Poitou
Charentes
has
been
the

scene

of many

battles
.
The
most
memorable
was
the
defeat
of the
Saracens (
Arabs
) in
732
by
Charles
Martel
and the
English
victory
over
the
French
in 1356
at the
Battle
of
Poitiers
. Françoise-
Athénaïs
, marquise de
Montespan
was
born
in the
area
in
1640
.
She

was the
famous
mistress
to
Louis
XIV.
Cultural
uniqueness
:
It

has
lots
of old
medieval
castles

and

buildings
and
mini
ma
l
human
influence
(rural)
Unique
Special
traditions:
N/A
Unique Cuisine:
Extensi
ve vi
neyards
provide
the
grapes
used
to
make
Cognac
and
the
fam
ous apéritif wine-Pineau des Charentes.
The
region
places
big

emphasis

on

seafood
. Oysters

are

big

local

specialties

along

with

mussels
usually

marinated
in
white
wine
or
cooked
in

heavy

cream
.
The
world
renowned
Butter
from
Echiré
. French
and

foreign

gourmets
know
this
traditional
butter
thus
it
appears
in
leading
restaurants
around
the
world and has been
produced
since
the
early
20th
century.

The
famous
To
u
rteau
Fromagé
cheesecake
makes
use
of

salt
and
ch
ee
se
to
create
a
spongy
yellow
cake
with

a


black
cru
st
.
It’s
made
of
goat
cheese
, eggs,
flour

and
sugar
.
Unique

sights:
Valley
of the
Monkeys:
Popular

tourist

spot
. Over
400
primates
from
tiny
monkeys
to

large
gorillas
live
on
this
35 acre
wildlife
park
with

no
cages
or
fences.
Saintes:
Sai
ntes
was
once
the
capital
of the
Roman
province of
Aquita
ine
. It’s
most
famous
for the
Roman
triumphal
arch (
Arch
of
Germanicus
), the
Roman
amphitheater,
and
the
historic
Abbaye
aux
Dames
which
is the
largest
exam
ple
of
Saintonge
Romanesque
architecture
in
France
.
Aubeterre
sur
Dronne:
Small
town
with an
unusual

romanesque
"monolithic"
church
, carved
out
of the

rock.
One
of the
"most
beautiful
villages
in

France"-
consequently
full
of
tourists
in

busy
periods
.
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