Poitiers facts for kids
|Prefecture and commune|
The old town center.
|Canton||Capital of 5 cantons|
|Area1||42.11 km2 (16.26 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,076.35/km2 (5,377.7/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|INSEE/Postal code||86194 /86000|
|Elevation||65–144 m (213–472 ft)
(avg. 105 m or 344 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Poitiers is a city in France, the prefecture of the Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The town is picturesque; and its streets are interesting for their remains of ancient architecture, especially of the Romanesque period, and the memories of great historical events.
Poitiers is in the centre of the Vienne department, between the valleys of the Boivre and the Clain rivers. The old town is on the slopes and the summit of a plateau which rises 130 feet (40 m) above the streams which surround it on three sides.
The commune of Poitiers is surrounded by the communes:
The inhabitants of Poitiers are known, in French, as Pictaviens (women: Pictaviennes).
With a population of 87,435, Poitiers has a population density of 2,076 inhabitants/km2.
Evolution of the population in Poitiers
Poitiers forms, with seven other communes, the urban area of Poitiers with a population of 128,111 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 172.3 km2 (66.5 sq mi). This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Poitiers, formed by 97 communes, with a population of 257,233 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 2,303.4 km2 (889.3 sq mi).
- Poitiers-1, with 23,086 inhabitants (2014).
- Poitiers-2, with 25,371 inhabitants (2014).
- Poitiers-3, with 26,843 inhabitants (2014).
- Poitiers-4, with 20,756 inhabitants (2014).
- Poitiers-5, with 22,170 inhabitants (2014).
Poitiers is twinned with:
- Northampton, UK
- Marburg, Germany
- Lafayette, USA
- Coimbra, Portugal
- Yaroslavl, Russia
- Moundou, Chad
- Iaşi, Romania
This is a list of people of interest who were born or resided in Poitiers:
- René Descartes studied law at the University of Poitiers
- Michel Foucault, French philosopher
- Jean-Pierre Thiollet, French author
- Brian Joubert, French ice skating champion
Images for kids
Charles-de-Gaulle place and its medieval heritage
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