The Place de la Comédie is the main square in Montpellier. Here is the Opera and the fountain of the 3 Graces. You get to the Esplanada Charles de Gaulle and the Corum. The shopping centre at the end of the square is the liveliest in town.
We found this botanical garden just minutes from the city center. I can't say it's very well preserved but if what we want is a place of rest it's a good place to take a walk. This botanical garden was created in 1593 by Henry IV. It allowed medical students to become familiar with medicinal plants. Today courses and seminars are held on botany.
Henri de Lunaret Zoo is an ideal alternative for an afternoon stroll and bring our children. There's an indoor area dedicated to the Amazon Rainforest with vegetation and animals that try to recreate it. The rest of the zoo is formed by winding roads and wooded areas that separate animals from each other. A highlight is the great vegetation and the animals that aren't next to each other. As a curiosity I attached a video of one of the Anteaters ...
I hadn't expected to see the Arc de Triomphe here! During an official tour of the city, with a guide from the tourist office, we went to admire the view from the top of the building and end the trip in style.
The Fabre Museum (Musée Fabre) is the leading art museum in the French city of Montpellier. The museum was founded by François-Xavier Fabre, a local painter, in 1825, and was opened to the public three years later, in 1828. It is currently undergoing a major refurbishment involving a cost of 61.2 million euros. It is one of the highlights of Montpellier, close to the Place de la Comédie in the historical center. An annex to the museum, the "Pavillon du musée Fabre" ("Fabre Museum Pavilion") is open in a pavilion at the Esplanade.
The Cathedral of Saint Pierre in the city of Montpellier is particularly impressive - it looks like something out of Harry Potter! This Gothic-style monument is the largest of its kind in the city, as well as being the largest church in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. It was built in 1536, on the site of an old monastery chapel. The entrance is particularly impressive, with a massive, welcoming porch, with two pillars and a huge arch. These decorative elements are original, dating back to the 14th century. Highly recommended.
This park is located in the historical centre of Montpellier. Here you can see some great monuments, like the aqueduct, the statue of Louis XIV, and the water tower. Here you can see people going jogging, others eating quietly, and older people enjoying a break. It is also very nice at night, and sometimes they have crazy music nights.
The Musée Atger (Montpellier) is located in the buildings of the oldest medical faculty in France. Here you'll find a collection of nearly 1000 drawings, from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. Part of the collection was donated by Roger Atger, and you can admire masterpieces by painters like Caravaggio and Charles Le Brun.
Built in 1740, in the heart of Montpellier, this tower is an unusual monument that has been restored several times. It has been used as an astronomy observatory, and even held the first telegraph for the cities of southern France. Today, you can find an impressive terrace in the cozy courtyard, with a bar and restaurant far from the crowded city.
The Musée du Vieux Montpellier features portraits from the eighteenth century. There's a room dedicated to the French Revolution, containing documents from that time, and the second floor is dedicated to the life of a family in nineteenth-century Montpellier, with kitchen utensils, furniture, clothing and books. It's open Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30 to 12 and again from 13.30 to 17.00.
The historical centre of Montpellier is completely filled with narrow streets, and really charming, little places. But here's one that stands out - a wonderful, little street leading to one of the oldest and most original bars in the city. We really appreciated the serenity and wonderful architecture. Be sure to visit!
Architecturally, it's a mixture of seventeenth and eighteenth century construction techniques. It stands on a quiet street in Montpellier, and has a remarkable courtyard. But the real treasure is its enormous, perfectly calm garden. You can enjoy the perfectly trimmed hedges and the lovely sculptures set among the green trees.
There is a wealth of stuff to do in Montpellier, starting with a visit to its historic town center. Here you can see medieval streets and private mansions which are so beautiful that they are sure to have a profound effect on you. You can't miss out on Montpellier attractions like the Fabre Museum, which is named after the painter FX Fabre and houses works from the Baroque to Realist period and later: Nicolas Poussin, Rubens, Zurbarn, Delacroix, etc.
The University of Montpellier, one of the oldest of the French Republic, is another of the places to visit in Montpellier for its history. It was founded in 1220 by Cardinal Conrad and confirmed by Pope Nicholas IV in 1289. The university was suppressed during the French Revolution and revived in 1896. With such a rich history, it's no surprise that so many tourists consider it one of the top attractions in Montpellier.
The Aqueduct of San Clemente, another of the top things to see in Montpellier, dates back to the seventeenth century and runs through the district of Les Arceaux. It was formerly used to bring water to the city. And if you're still not sure of what to do in Montpellier, check out beautiful places like Comdie Square, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Cathedral of San Pedro.
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