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Niort is a picturesque medieval town with a rich, historic heritage. The town grew up in the shelter of a 12th–13th-century castle erected by Henry II of England and his son Richard I (the Lion-Heart). Niort became one of the centres of protestantism in western France and suffered severely after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.
In the 18th century the town specialized in tanning skins imported from Canada to make chamois leather for gloves, and it is also known for its angelica. More recently Niort has attracted several large mutual insurance companies, which has bolstered its economy and attracted young people to work there.
The main building you see here is not a church, but the Pilori, a renaissance style building dating from the 14th century that was once the town hall for Niort. The building takes its name from the pillory that previously stood there. It is now used as an exhibition centre for local artists.

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Additional Photos by Jean Sindera (janjan1897) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 200 W: 13 N: 455] (2301)
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