Sightseeing in Montpellier
The Cathédrale Saint Pierre in Montpellier is a must-see for its awe-inspiring façade alone. The church’s two columns each are more than a dozen feet in diameter. Dating back to 1364, this enormous cathedral is an architectural masterpiece.
While you’re in the neighborhood, visit the Faculté de Médecine next door. Although the city’s medical education dates back to the 1100s, students were taught at tutors’ homes until this massive school was built in the late 1400s. You may have to use the Montpellier Tourism Office’s guided tour to get access, however.
Le Mikvé Médiéval reflects the influence of the Jewish community on Montpellier. This site is a ceremonial Jewish bath in the heart of the city’s former Jewish quarter. Visits are only via the tourist office guided tour. Otherwise, not only will you have a hard time even finding the site, but you won’t get in.
Montpellier’s Arc de Triomphe, unlike its popular Parisian counterpart of which it is a replica, is a bright sandstone color. It is worth a visit (via the tourist office) for the view from the top after scaling 103 steps.
The Musée Fabre is one of the city’s most popular museums, but it has been closed recently, so check ahead first if you want to visit. There will be temporary art exhibitions held in the museum’s annex during the renovations.
The Musée de l’Histoire de Montpellier has a unique setting in the medieval crypt of the Notre Dame des Tables church. While not as amazing as some larger museums, this makes a nice stop to learn more about the rich history of the city.
Musée de l’Infanterie makes a great stop for military history buffs. This museum traces the story of France’s infantry from the 15th century to modern times, with several uniforms and weapons on display.
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