8. Hôtel de Ville
When you’re exploring the upper town on the rocky promontory you’ll appreciate how difficult it would have been to conquer this place.
What made things a lot harder for attackers was the Château d’Angoulême, a fearsome castle that is now incorporated into the city’s town hall.
The remaining buildings from the medieval period are the keep and polygonal tower, from the 12th and 13th centuries.
The tower is claimed to be the birthplace of Marguerite de Navarre, the sister of King Francis I. In the middle of the 19th century Paul Abadie, best known for renovating the Notre Dame in Paris, helped turn the site into the town hall.