Issoudun is a charming commune in the center of France, in the Indre department. Displaying mesmerizing architecture, a river, museums, towers, this tiny town is full of history and endless pedestrian tours. Perfect location for people who enjoy exploring new places by foot, and admiring the picturesque buildings, Issoudun is a place to be if ever visit the central part of France.
The first thing you must see/do while in Issoudun is visit the White Tower (La Tour Blanche), the oldest structure in town, dating from the 12th century. Built by King Richard the Lionheart, the White Tower rules the central part of the commune. Climbing up the stairs to the top of the Tower is one of the best things you can do if you want to have a panoramic view of Issoudun, but have in mind that this historical site is only open from April to September.
Another must-see here is the Francois-Mitterand Park from where you can have great views of the White Tower. The old town is full of 15th-century houses that will make you feel like walking in one of Brother Grimm's stories.
The Church of Saint-Cyr is the most important religious temple in Issoudun, dating from the 15th century, although built on the ruins of the 8th-century church. The inside of this glorious architectural wonder is full of artwork depicting the life of Saint Cyr.
The best place to learn about the history of the town is Museum of the Saint-Roch Hospice, built on the place of a medieval hospital.
Also, stop at the town hall if you want to refresh your eyes with some contemporary art, and check out the Fountain with Mirrors.
Issoudun is a place that every history buff should visit and explore. A hidden gem in the heart of France, still beating in the rhythm of the past.
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