The current city hall (Hôtel de Ville) and «Theatre National du Capitole» orchestra and opera house, this building is remarkable with its 8 columns of pink marble on façade, Henry IV courtyard, the place where the Duke of Montmorency was killed, and the “Salle des Illustres” inspired by the Farnese Gallery in Rome where the golden mouldings compete with the beauty of the paintings in the cartouches. Also see the rooms Jean-Paul Laurens, Henri Martin, Paul Gervais...these historical rooms of the Capitole are open to the public the first Sunday of each month as part of the “day without auto-mobiles”.Toulouse Tourism
Toulouse takes up a strategic geographical position in South-West France as it is halfway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The Garonne permits the connexion between Toulouse and Bordeaux through a fluvial route. And it is thanks to Pierre-Paul Riquet, inventor and architect, that the Canal du Midi is finally opened to trafic in 1681 after 15 years of tremendous site works. Since 1996, the Canal du Midi is part of UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.The Canal du Midi Toulouse Tourism
Toulouse takes up a strategic geographical position in South-West France as it is halfway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The Garonne allows the connexion of Toulouse and Bordeaux through a fluvial route. And it is thanks to Pierre-Paul Riquet, inventor and architect, that the Canal du Midi is finally opened to trafic in 1681 after 15 years of tremendous site works. Since 1996, the Canal du Midi is part of UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
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Masterpiece of Roman art, the Saint-Sernin basilica has had significant renovation work done on it over the past 30 years : recovery of the bell tower, extrication of the mural paintings of the 12th Century, revival of the alter from 1096, the crypts and the displays of the treasure trove (with its exceptional works). An important pilgrimage stops on the Way of Saint James, “Routes of Santiago de Compostela”. The treasure trove of the basilica is located in the ambulatory and in the crypts of the building.
Have you ever dreamed of walking on the Moon or going into the MIR Space Station or taking a Soyouz spacecraft somewhere ? The Space Museum opens its doors into the universe... More than 12 acres to discover Space as if you were there. Go on an unforgettable voyage into the heart of deep space. In the exhibition hall there are more than 250 interactive exhibits available for your exploration. Outdoors you'll discover a park with the MIR Space Station, a full size Ariane 5 satellite launcher and many more symbols of Mankind's conquest of space. In Astralia, the sixth continent, a new planetarium and a large format IMAX 3D cinema which brings you right into the heart of space!
Rate : from 14€.
While in Toulouse discover the fascinating world of Airbus. All year except Sundays and bank holidays (except on Pentecost Monday), by advance reservation only, Airbus opens its gates to the general public (individuals formed into groups). 3 tours available, each 1½ hours: - J.L Lagardère A380 Tour: Design, production, development of the Airbus A380 –Panoramic Bus Tour: bus tour with commentary on the 1700 acre sites of Airbus in Toulouse. – “Heritage” tour: see 3 aircrafts symbolic of the Toulouse civil aviation production, Caravelle, Concorde and the Airbus A300B.
Rate : from 6,50€
Toulouse owes its brilliant architectural heritage to the pastel
merchants like Jean de Bernuy or Pierre d’Assézat. Rich and powerful,
their success leaded them to keep up a fierce competition over the
precious «Pastel Flower» : who will build the most beautiful home and
the tallest house tower. Therefore, Toulouse counts over 70 private
mansions, most of them built during the 17th Century as the Hôtel de
Bernuy, the Hôtel d’Assézat and the Hôtel du Vieux Raisin preserved from
urban life and noises thanks to private interior courtyards.
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