Historic centre of Poitiers with Church of Saint-Radegund, Cathedral of Saint-Pierre and Palace of Justice in the background
Historic centre of Poitiers with Church of Saint-Radegund, Cathedral of Saint-Pierre and Palace of Justice in the background
Coat of arms of Poitiers
Coat of arms
Location of Poitiers
Poitiers is located in France
Poitiers is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coordinates: 46°35′N 0°20′E / 46°35′N 0°20′E / 46.58; 0.34UTC+02:00 (CEST)
86194 /86000
Elevation65–144 m (213–472 ft)
(avg. 75 m or 246 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Poitiers (UK: /, also UK: /, US: /,[2][3][4][5][6] French: [pwatje] (About this soundlisten)) is a city on the Clain river in west-central France. It is a commune and the capital of the Vienne department and also of the Poitou. Poitiers is a significant university centre. The centre of town is picturesque and its streets include predominantly historical architecture,[7] especially religious architecture and especially from the Romanesque period. Two major battles took place near the city: in 732, the Battle of Poitiers (also known as the Battle of Tours), in which the Franks commanded by Charles Martel halted the expansion of the Umayyad Caliphate, and in 1356, the Battle of Poitiers, a key victory for the English forces during the Hundred Years' War. This battle's consequences partly provoked the Jacquerie.



The city of Poitiers is strategically situated on the Seuil du Poitou, a shallow gap between the Armorican and the Central Massif. The Seuil du Poitou connects the Aquitaine Basin to the South to the Paris Basin to the North. This area is an important geographic crossroads in France and Western Europe.


Poitiers's primary site sits on a vast promontory between the valleys of the Boivre and the Clain. The old town occupies the slopes and the summit of a plateau which rises 130 feet (40 m) above the streams which surround benefits from a very strong tactical situation. This was an especially important factor before and throughout the Middle Ages.

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Poitiers
العربية: بواتييه
aragonés: Piteus
arpetan: Pouètiérs
asturianu: Poitiers
تۆرکجه: پواتیه
Bân-lâm-gú: Poitiers
башҡортса: Пуатье
беларуская: Пуацье
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Пуат’е
български: Поатие
brezhoneg: Poitiers
català: Poitiers
Cebuano: Poitiers
čeština: Poitiers
Cymraeg: Poitiers
dansk: Poitiers
Deutsch: Poitiers
eesti: Poitiers
Ελληνικά: Πουατιέ
español: Poitiers
Esperanto: Poitiers
euskara: Poitiers
فارسی: پواتیه
français: Poitiers
Frysk: Poitiers
Gaeilge: Poitiers
galego: Poitiers
한국어: 푸아티에
հայերեն: Պուատիե
hrvatski: Poitiers
Bahasa Indonesia: Poitiers
interlingua: Poitiers
italiano: Poitiers
עברית: פואטייה
ქართული: პუატიე
Kiswahili: Poitiers
Kongo: Poitiers
Latina: Pictavium
latviešu: Puatjē
Lëtzebuergesch: Poitiers
lietuvių: Puatjė
lumbaart: Poitiers
magyar: Poitiers
македонски: Поатје
Malagasy: Poitiers
मराठी: पॉइती
مازِرونی: پواتیه
Bahasa Melayu: Poitiers
Nederlands: Poitiers
日本語: ポワチエ
нохчийн: Пуатье
norsk: Poitiers
norsk nynorsk: Poitiers
occitan: Peitieus
پنجابی: پوئیٹیرز
Picard: Poétiers
Piemontèis: Poitiers
polski: Poitiers
Ποντιακά: Πουατιέ
português: Poitiers
română: Poitiers
русский: Пуатье
Scots: Poitiers
sicilianu: Poitiers
Simple English: Poitiers
slovenčina: Poitiers
slovenščina: Poitiers
ślůnski: Poitiers
српски / srpski: Поатје
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Poitiers
suomi: Poitiers
svenska: Poitiers
Taqbaylit: Poitiers
татарча/tatarça: Пуатье
Türkçe: Poitiers
українська: Пуатьє
اردو: پوئتیے
vepsän kel’: Puatje
Tiếng Việt: Poitiers
Volapük: Poitiers
Winaray: Poitiers
粵語: 普華鐵耶
中文: 普瓦捷