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HERITAGE TOULOUSE

            
Heritage
The city of Toulouse has, with the passing centuries, become home to a numer of magnificent monuments, fine edifices and works of art which are of interest to those who appreciate their beauty and are curious about their past. Toulouse is a city with a proud past and an intriguing present. Your hired car can help you make the most of this rich history.

Roman amphitheatre, Toulouse
Hotel Pierre d'Assézat
EDF - Le Bazacle
Hotel de Bernuy
The Capitole
L'Hôtel de Clary (Hotel de Pierre)
Saint-Pierre des Cuisines
Notre-Dame de la Dalbade
L'église de la Daurade
Le Donjon du Capitole
La Cathédrale Saint-Etienne
Hotel du vieux Raisin





Roman amphitheatre, Toulouse


NORTH-WEST OF TOULOUSE,
QUARTIER PURPAN-ANCELY :
AVENUE DES ARENES ROMAINES
(BUS 66 OR 70) - 05 61 22 31 44

Open 26th May to 28th October,
Saturdays and Sundays
14.00 to 18.00 (till 19.00 in July and August)
Tour with commentary of amphitheatre and the Cité Ancely archaeological site, 16.00 to 18.00 (July and august : 16.30 to 18.30)

The Roman Amphitheatre was built around the middle of the first century AD where gladitorial combats took place until the very end of the IVth century. Although there is evidence of Roman monuments in Toulouse, the amphitheatre is the only monument that is still wholly standing. If you would like to see some of the archaelogy and history of this site, you can find this information at the Musée.




L'Hôtel Pierre d'Assézat



PLACE D’ASSEZAT
31000 TOULOUSE


Magnificent XVIIth century town mansion built by Nicolas Bachelier for Pierre d’Assézat who made his fortune from woad, a plant used in dyeing. The building houses the Fondation Bemberg, a private museum with a very interesting permanent collection of paintings, bronzes and objets d’art.





EDF - Le Bazacle


11, QUAI SAINT-PIERRE
31000 TOULOUSE
05 62 30 16 00
(fax : 05 62 30 16 01)

Week : 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00
to 18.00
Week end and bank holidays : 14.00 to 19.00. Closed in August
EDF - Le Bazacle
Le Bazacle is the centerpiece for the old city of Toulouse. It has been home to a number of industries such as spinning and tanning. It became a waterworks in 1889 and is now used by the Electricité de France. EDF-Le Bazacle is being used as a place from which to observe migrating fish, a historical site and a monument to technology with its tunnels housing old turbines, some which are still working to this day. It is through this multiple usage that it is considered a strong arena for cultural and educational endeavors.




Hotel de Bernuy


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31000 TOULOUSE
Hotel de Bernuy
Jean de Bernuy, a Spanish Jew who fled from the Inquisition, became a rich merchant thanks to the trade in woad, a plant which gives an indelible blue dye. In the XVIth century he had this fine Renaissance-style residence built by the architect Louis Privat. This magnificent mansion possesses the tallest octagonal staircase in Toulouse, and is now home to a part of the Lycée and College Pierre de Fermat.



The Capitole


PLACE DU CAPITOLE
31000 TOULOUSE
05 61 22 29 22
The Théâtre National du Capitole, is renown for its façade with its eight pink marble columns. It is one of the buildings that give Toulouse its name, the Pink City or Ville Rose. It is now the home of the Town Hall. The Capitole contains the "Salle des Illustres" which was inspired by the Galleria Farnese in Rome, have gilt mouldings which and painted cartouches. There are three other rooms you should be aware of as you coninue on your tour: the Jean-Paul Laurens, Henri Martin and Paul Gervais Rooms.




(Station Metro
St Cyprien-Republique)


58, ALLEES CHARLES DE FITTE
31300 TOULOUSE
05 61 59 24 64


Open Monday to Friday
9.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 18.00

Le Centre Municipal de l'Affiche, de la Carte Postale et de l'Art Graphique
Numerous different exhibitions.
Specialist library, bookshop, slides, postcards and photo libraries. Workshops linked to some of the exhibitions. Educational activities. Video showings of advertising films 1904 to 1968.
Tours with commentary for groups of schoolchildren and adults.



 

 
Hotel de Clary or de Bagis also known as Hotel de Pierre
 

25, RUE DE LA DALBADE
31000 TOULOUSE
(Close to visitors)
This mansion, which is known as the Hotel de Pierre today, was built in three stages over the sixteenth, seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Jean de Bagis, President of Petitions for the Parlement was responsible for the construction. During the sixteenth century the sculptor, Nicolas Bachelier created decorative sculptors for the courtyard and stone façade for this mansion in Toulouse. However, it was François de Clari which did the fine stonework which gave it its name oustal de peiro, or house of stone.






Saint-Pierre des Cuisines

PLACE ST PIERRE
31000 TOULOUSE
05 61 22 31 44

September to July : Monday from 9.00 to 12.30
15th July to 31st August : every afternoon 14.00 to 19.00
Saint-Pierre des Cuisines
Built on the site of the Gallo-Roman necropolis, the Saint-Pierre des Cuisines is the oldest church in south-west France. The crypt where sarcophagi have been found is one of the more notable relics that still exist today. No longer used as a church, Saint-Pierre des Cuisines was fully restored in 1977 and a 400-seat auditorium now exists for musical and dance performances. It is open to the public and well worth the visit.



Notre-Dame de la Dalbade


RUE DE LA DALBADE
31000 TOULOUSE
Interestingly, the name of Notre-Dame de la Dalbade is named after the whitewash, 'albade, which was used to cover it. It has a single nave and is surrounded by chapels. When it was restored, red brick replaced the characteristic white whitewash color of the past. The tympanum over the main door contains Fra Angelico's Coronation of the Virgin. There is also a reproduction of the work of Gastoln Virebent from 1874.
 



L'Eglise de la Daurade


1, PLACE DE LA DAURADE
31000 TOULOUSE

The L'eglise de la Daurade, or Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Daurade is built on two sites of the past: a pagan temple and a Benedictine monastery. When it became a church, it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Like the Notre-Dame de la Dalbade, named after the technique of whitewash, the Notre-Dame de la Daurade is named after deaurata, or "covered in gold". When it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it was covered with mosaics on a background of gold leaf. Again, it is a single nave surrounded by chapels and interestingly, it is the home to a Black Virgin.




Le Donjon du Capitole


SQUARE CHARLES DE GAULLE
31000 TOULOUSE
(METRO CAPITOLE)
Tel : 05 61 11 02 22
Fax : 05 61 22 03 63


In the sixteenth century Le Donjon du Capitole or keep was the Archives Tower or the Consistory Tower when the Capitouls were administrators for the city. It was one of the buildings that survived the Haussmann's invasion of the wall in the nineteenth century. It stands in contrast to the brick and sloping tiled roofs of most of the buildings in Toulouse with its slate roof and pinnacle style of its slate covered Flemish belfry. It is now the Tourist Office.


 


Cathedrale of Saint-Etienne


PARVIS DES JACOBINS
31000 TOULOUSE
05 61 22 23 82

Refectory open daily
10.00 to 19.00
PLACE SAINT-ETIENNE
31000 TOULOUSE
The Cathedrale of Saint-Etienne is quite interesting, if not eclectic because it was built from the twelfth century to the sixteenth century, which incorporated all the changes which that length of time would entail. However, it does have some features that are well worth seeing such as the stained glass, paintings, a large rose window and seventeen chapels.



 

 
CapitoleL'Hotel du Vieux Raisin


36, RUE DU LANGUEDOC
31000 TOULOUSE
L'Hotel du Vieux Raisin is a great example of the art of the second Renaissance and boasts of a spiral staircase, Renaissance tower, caryatids, medallions and busts at the window and bay windows overlooking the courtyards. It was built in 1516 for Beringuier Maynier a lawyer and law professor. He loved Italian art and followed through in building his mansion. In a neighbouring street, there was a tavern that had a sign which featured a bunch of grapes, thus the name of the hotel was L'Hotel du Vieux Raisin! It is one of the most magnificent mansions in Toulouse and well worth the visit.
 

 

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