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The railway station in Tours is one of three buildings in the city designed by city born architect Victor Laloux (1850 – 1937). I have already posted a picture of the Hotel de Ville, you will have an opportunity to see the third building later in this series.

The railway station was designed by Laloux for the Compagnie d’Orléans railway company. He also designed their terminus in Paris, the Gare D’Orsay. The railway shed consists of two main spans which are expressed externally by the large windows on the main façade. These are framed by ornate decoration containing the names of towns served by the railway company.

Tours is a city in central France, the capital of the Indre-et-Loire department. It is located on the lower reaches of the river Loire, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast. Touraine, the region around Tours, is known for its wines, the alleged perfection (as perceived by some speakers) of its local spoken French, and for the famous Battle of Tours in 732. It is also the site of the Paris-Tours cycling race. Tours is the largest city in the Centre region of France, although it is not the regional capital, which resides in its second-largest city of Orléans. In 2006, the city itself had 142,000 inhabitants and the metropolitan area had 306,974.

The above information is extracted from an extensive article on Wikipedea on the history of the city, which can be viewed by clicking here.

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