Cities of France: Toulouse

The capital of medieval Languedok, the modern region of the Southern Pyrenees and the Department of the Upper Garonna, Toulouse (Toulouse, Tolosa) is geographically outside the administrative borders of the Languedoc region, but traditionally turns on to the region.

This is the fourth city in the population of France (after Paris, Marseille and Lyon) and the largest cultural, scientific and industrial center of the southern regions. At the same time, Toulouse with its beautiful historical center is one of the most vibrant and original cities of the country, although most of its attractions appeared after the Second World War, when the French state decided to make the city "Magazine Center" High-tech industry. The National Aviation and Mermoz Airlines was one of the emergence of the National Aviation (already in the 20s of the 20th century. Air Navigation Schools and Many IT Corporations. And with all this Toulouse, it is difficult to name the industrial megalopolis – more than 110 thousand students make it the second educational center of the country (after Paris), and its old town, hundreds of fashionable shops and excellent museums attract millions of tourists here.


The historic part of the city is a nearly correct hexagon, clamped between the wide loop of the Garonna River, the Midi channel and the Ring of the XIX century boulevards. It is quite compact and can easily be covered on foot (urban metro is little useful for examining the old part, since the main lines go beyond the historic center). The main attractions of the historical core are considered Church Saint-Georges and Cen-Semen, Capitol (1750 g.) and pink facade big Town Hall against, Naberezhnya Canal Midi and narrow streets of old quarters, built up with rich mansions of the XVI-XIX centuries, Botanical Gardens and Neomavritarian pavilion Museum of George Labit (Excellent meeting of Egyptian and Eastern Art). The characteristic local brick of pink color gives the old buildings a rather unusual appearance, especially colorful in the clock of dawn and sunset.

In the complex of the old mansion Hotel d’Assezat (construction began in 1555, but never was completed) now is located Art Gallery BEmberg www.Fondation-Bemberg.FR, and in Hotel Du May – a few rustic Museum of Old Toulouse. In the lane between Rue de Metz and Rue d’Alsace-Lorraine, in the complex of two old monasteries, is now located Augustinian Museum www.Augustins.Org (the outstanding meeting of the Romanesque and medieval sculpture, for the most part of the churches rested in our days,. Here is the oldest fountain of the city – Griffoul (1546 g.), the background which creates clearly smaster Saint-Etienne Cathedral, The construction of which was conducted from the XVI century. In the quarter, quiet and elegant streets of South Square can be found original Museum Paul Dupui With an amazingly interesting meeting of items of religious art, watches, clothes, clayware and furniture of the period from the Middle Ages to this day.

If you move to the west of the Augustine Museum, you can go to the bridge Pief (1544 g.), Water Tower (1822 G., Now it is located here Municipal gallery) and a complex of an old hospital in which there is a small Medical Museum (open from Monday to Saturday from 14.00 to 18.00; Free admission). From here it is worth walking along the left bank of Garonna to modern Art Gallery Les-Abatouire www.Lesabattoirs.ORG, which is considered not only one of the best artistic museums of France, but also a bright example of a successful reconstruction of the historical structure (occupies a former huge slaughterhouse of 1828 buildings). A little west, on Rue Lakanal, rises like a fortress Church of Lez-Jacobin (1230 g.), in which the relics of the foma Aquinsky (Saint-Toma Akinas in local transcription).

From the north side of the Du Capitole area, you can walk past the walls Bell Tower Notre Dam-Du-Tor To the biggest Romanesque church in France – Basilica Cen-Semyon (1080-1120., Open daily from 10.00 to 18.00; Login – 2 euros). In addition to the sizes and luxurious interior, the church is famous for the South Grats of Port Mgeeseville (XII in.) whose bas-reliefs, in fact, predetermined the development of the entire Toulouse sculpture school for many centuries ahead. To the complex adjacent Archaeological Museum Saint-Raymont (open from June to September – from 10.00 to 18.00, from October to May – from 10.00 to 17.00; Entrance – 3 euros), which occupies a former campus of the Medieval University. And on Sundays in the morning, the entire area of ​​Cen-Semyon turns into an amazing flea market.

To see the modern appearance of Toulouse, you need to visit the suburbs where the ultra-modern moon park is located Site Espac www.Cite-Espace.COM and amazingly interesting assembly factory corporation Airbus (the popularity of the latter is so great that tickets to our citizens should be ordered at least a week, and often more).

And, of course, in the city a huge number of private galleries, expositions, excellent restaurants and cafes, quiet pedestrian streets and first-class shops.

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