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Montpellier Landmarks Walking Tour, Montpellier
Montpellier Landmarks Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Montpellier
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
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Author: Cathy
This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Montpellier Map and Walks" in Google Play.
Montpellier is a very attractive city from an architectural point of view. Some of the constructions are extremely old, this being an inviting quality for history lovers. Some of the ancient places that would be nice to visit are the Tower of Babotte, the Opera House and others. The ones who prefer modernity won't be disappointed in the least. Montpellier has several building frescos, a new course in contemporary art.
Tour Stops and Attractions
Montpellier Aqueduct
1) Montpellier Aqueduct
The Montpellier Aqueduct - Les Arceaux - is one of the most notorious city landmarks. The arcade was built in the 17th century to supply the wells of the growing city of Montpellier with water from the spring of St. Clement, which is actually about 14 km away. The Aqueduct measures 880 meters, with 53 arcades built in two levels, using the old traditions of Roman times. The outer base of the archway carries water up to 3 meters wide, while the interior contains several water tubes covered with lead to avoid freezing. It was inaugurated on the 7th of December, 1765. Every Sunday the Aqueduct base hosts the "Les Arceaux" green and flea market.
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Water Castle
2) Water Castle
The Water Castle is a catchment basin designed as a monument. It is located in the Peyrou park. The Water Castle was built in 1768 by Jean-Antoine Giral. The monument is fed by a 14-kilometre aqueduct. The construction, though reminiscent of a triumphal arc, has a hexagonal form and is adorned with Corinthian columns. The most fun thing about the Water Castle is that admirers can climb to the top and enjoy the perfect panorama of the city, as well as the Cévennes Mountains.
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Statue of Louis XIV
3) Statue of Louis XIV
The Statue of Louis XIV was installed in the eighteenth century. The master who assembled it was Jean-Antoine Giral, the sculptor of the Water Castle. The idea of the design was that of Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Louis XIV is installed at the highest point in Montpellier on a marble pedestal. The monument has a Latin inscription which says: "The States of Languedoc dedicated this monument to Louis the Great in his lifetime and have erected it after his death in 1718".
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Triumphal Arch
4) Triumphal Arch
The Triumphal Arch of Montpellier is a monument established in 1691 by Augustin-Charles D'Aviler, but the design belonged to François Dorbay who used the model of the Parisian Porte Saint-Denis. The construction of the arch was completed in 1693. In 1715 it was decorated with numerous items glorifying Louis XIV's diverse activities which are of great importance in France. The Triumphal Arch was built on one of the highest points of the city.
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Palace of Justice
5) Palace of Justice
The Palace of Justice is a significant building reflecting the city's history. It was built in the nineteenth century. Its construction was finished in 1853, but the site has a much longer history, dating back to the 12th century, when Guilhem VI built his palace here. The present building of the Palace of Justice is designed in Neo-classical architectural style. The facade of the palace is decorated with Corinthian columns.
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Prefecture of Hérault
6) Prefecture of Hérault
The Prefecture of Hérault is an enormous construction built in the nineteenth century. It is occupied by various administrative offices, and is decorated with many beautiful architectural elements and ornamental Corinthian columns. A big clock surrounded by sculptures of females is installed above the entrance of the Prefecture. There is also a statue of a woman holding weapons of Montpellier in her left hand and a vase pouring water in her right.
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Place de la Comédie
7) Place de la Comédie
The Place de la Comédie is the main focal point of the city of Montpellier, in the Hérault department in southern France. The square is first mentioned in 1755 and is named after the theatre located there, which burned down in 1785 and 1855. The Place became the main focal point of the city when, in the mid-19th century, the main railway station was built some 200 metres south of it. At the center of the square is a fountain called the Three Graces, built by sculptor Étienne d'Antoine in 1790. The original piece was placed in the Musée Fabre in 1989, but moved again during the refurbishment of the museum to the Opéra Comédie, which is located at the square. At its northeastern corner, the square continues into the Esplanade de Charles de Gaulle, a small park connecting the Place to the Corum, a large concrete and granite complex built by Claude Vasconi. At its southeastern corner it is linked to the Lycée Joffre, formerly the Citadel of Montpellier.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Opera House
8) Opera House
The Opera House was inaugurated in 1888. Fires and wars damaged the construction many times. During the Revolution, it was used as a venue for different political events. The present building of the Opera House is the work of four talented architects, the so called "four musketeers" - Avinaud, Jullian, Coste and Baussan. Many other famous sculptors, architects and other masters worked on the building that is one of the main architectural monuments in Montpellier today.
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Mural at Place Saint Roch
9) Mural at Place Saint Roch
The mural at Place Saint Roch is one of the four "fresques" (frescoes) that decorate the city. The present one faces the Saint Roch Church. It covers an area of three hundred square meters. It represents a facade of a house and people chatting on the front stairs.
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Mural at Place Edouard Adam
10) Mural at Place Edouard Adam
The mural at Place Edouard Adam is the biggest fresco of this kind in Montpellier. It was painted by Olivier and Agnès Costa, popular and talented artist who worked in this area. The present fresco depicts trees and balconies, as well as people looking out of the windows. It is one of the most realistic works of its kind.
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Tower of Babotte
11) Tower of Babotte
The Tower of Babotte is located in the center of Montpellier. Its height is twenty six meters. The tower was built in Medieval times, along with other towers that surrounded the city. Nowadays only the present one and one more remain intact. In the eighteenth century, when a solar eclipse was to take place, the tower was transformed into an observational site. It now serves as a meeting place for astronomers.
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Mural at Place Saint Denis
12) Mural at Place Saint Denis
The mural at Place Saint Denis is one of the four frescoes located in Montpellier, this one - near the church of Saint Denis. It is a modern type of fresco, called "trompe l'oeil", using as a technique the three-dimensional visual effect. It is done on the side wall of a three-storey living house. This fresco is the beginning of a whole series of similar art works in Montpellier.
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