Sightseeing in Toulouse
The Capitole, at the Place du Capitole in Toulouse, is the heart of activity in this busy city. Markets filled with a wide variety of items are held in the square next to the Capitole. Its rich orange façade, defined by elegant columns, is a sight to remember. The area around the building is a constant stream of humanity. Across from the square, cafés and hotels point toward it. Tour the inside for a view of luxurious designs and beautiful artwork.
The Roman amphitheatre, on Avenue des Arènes Romaines, just outside of Toulouse, dates back to the first century, and gladiators competed there until the fourth century.
La Cathédrale Saint-Etienne (Place Saint-Etienne, Toulouse) resembles a mismatched puzzle. It was built over an extended period from the 12th to the 16th centuries, and that shows. It is worth a visit to this disjointed attraction for novelty’s sake alone. Inside, the art and stained glass windows are attractive.
Toulouse’s new modern art museum, Les Abattoirs, located at 76 Allées Charles de Fitte, at the Saint Cyprien metro stop, has become an expansive home to several modern and even unorthodox art styles. Artists exhibited include Mepplethorpe, Arman, Dado and Chaissac. Its most treasured work is Pablo Picasso’s Theater Curtain, which dominates a vast wall.
Musée des Augustins, Rue de Metz, at metro stop Station Esquirol, is an art museum, but that’s not the reason to go. Go to see the Augustinian monastery building and its spiderweb of columns and arches. Oh, and the museum has lots of sculptures and paintings. If it were inside a warehouse, the rich sculpture collection would be well worth a visit. As it is, this museum provides a double reward as an example of Gothic architecture and a fine art museum.
Musée Départemental de la Résistance et de la Déportation Jean-Philippe, Allées des Demoiselles, Toulouse, opened in 1994 in honor of the anniversary of the Toulouse area’s liberation from the Nazis. It is a must for World War II history buffs, providing a unique perspective on the conflict.
La Cité de l’Espace, on Avenue Jean Gonord in Toulouse, is a true gem in the region. An ode to Toulouse’s aerospace industry, the museum features a planetarium, hands-on exhibits on space exploration and mock control rooms. This is hugely popular with guys and teenagers alike.
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