Tours is a city in the region of Centre in central France, located on the River Loire 72 miles from Orleans.

The town began as a Gallic village, around 50 BC, and was occupied by the Romans in the 1st Century AD, then renamed "Caesarodunum." Due to its important point on the Loire, it became a powerful and wealthy Roman city, and was the location of one of the five largest amphitheatres in the Roman Empire. The city remained prominent throughout the Middle Ages and onward.

Today, it is known for its history, architecture, cathedral, castle, riverfront, wines, and elegant beauty.

People Born in Tours

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Tours in People's Lives

Patrick, Apostle of Ireland: I traveled here to study Christianity at the Marmoutier Abbey in the 5th Century.

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