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Angoulême

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente

Angoulême - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente
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French capital of the comic strip and designated City of Art and History, Angoulême sits high above the Charente river and is surrounded by ramparts.

The old town has lots of interest: Saint-Pierre cathedral, which dates from the 12th century and has a high tower and remarkable facade carved in the Poitevin Romanesque style, a town hall with flower garden, ramparts offering a magnificent view of the Charente valley, mansions, lively narrow streets to wander around and numerous cartoons painted on walls.

In the lower part of Angoulême, the National Comic Strip and Image Centre is a must. This place is home to, among others, a museum dedicated to the world of comics, which notably exhibits a magnificent collection of original drawings, and a library of comic books. It's heaven for comic strip fans! Not to be missed either, the famous Angoulême International Comics Festival, which takes place every year at the end of January.

Situated on the Charente river in the buildings of the former paper-making industry, the Le Nil paper museum is dedicated to the paper-maker industry, explaining its history and the various stages of paper production.

The Fine art museum, housed in the former bishop's palace, contains paleontological, archaeological and ethnographical collections (African and Oceanian art), as well as paintings and ceramics.

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Angoulême

Angoulême The city is built on a rocky promontory overlooking the 80-meter valley of the Charente river which describes a large meander.

Occupied since prehistoric times, the city was walled at the end of the Lower Roman Empire. Capital County of Taillefer, Lusignan and Valois, instead of endless conflict during the wars of religion, an important river port until the 19th century capital of the Comic Strip today, the city has many relics of the past as interesting modern amenities.

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International Comic Strip Festival
The worldwide gathering for all comic stripsFrom 26 to 29 january 2017

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City Hall Angoulême
City Hall Angoulême
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Corto Maltese
Corto Maltese
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International City Comics and Image
International City Comics and Image
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The walls of Angoulême
The walls of Angoulême
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Painted wall
Painted wall
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Statue Carnot
Statue Carnot
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Remparts
Remparts
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City Hall
City Hall
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Saint-Pierre Cathedral
Saint-Pierre Cathedral
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Murals
Murals
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Wall painted New York sur Charente
Wall painted New York sur Charente
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International City Comics and Image
International City Comics and Image
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Circuit des Remparts
Circuit des Remparts
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Angoulême by night
Angoulême by night
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Statue Carnot
Statue Carnot
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Saint-Pierre Cathedral
Saint-Pierre Cathedral
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Cathedral Saint-Pierre
Cathedral Saint-Pierre
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Saint-Pierre Cathedral
Saint-Pierre Cathedral
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