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Tours (pronounced: [tuʁ]) is a city in central France, the capital of the Indre-et-Loire department.
It stands on the lower reaches of the river Loire, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast. Touraine, the region around Tours, is known for its wines, St. Martin from Tours and the Battle of Tours in 732.
In 732 AD, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi and a large army of Muslim horsemen from Al-Andalus advanced 500 kilometres deep into France, and were stopped at Tours by Charles Martel and his infantry igniting the Battle of Tours. The outcome was defeat for the Muslims, preventing France from Islamic conquest.

The inhabitants of Tours (Les Tourangeaux) are renowned for speaking the "purest" form of French in the entire country. The pronunciation of Touraine is traditionally regarded as the most standard pronunciation of the French language, supposedly devoid of any perceived accent (unlike that of most other regions of France, including Paris). Gregory of Tours wrote in the 6th century that some people in this area could still speak Gaulish.

As I do not speak any French :(, I could not appreciate it.

There are many beautiful half-timbered houses in Tours, Specially La Place Plumereau is famous for them. But like in many places, in summer all the square is full of tables and umbrellas so it is difficult to make a photo. There are nice houses also on the Colbert Street. At n° 41, the sign À la Pucelle armée on a half-timbered house is a reminder that in 1429, Joanne of Arc had here armour made here. This house was a few meters farther but I found this one from n° 25 more attractive.

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