Quai de la Daurade (La daurade Quay), Toulouse

Quai de la Daurade (La daurade Quay), Toulouse (must see)

The Quai is named for a Benedictine priory that had been there since the 9th century. In 1761 The Archbishop of Toulouse built the Quai and a dock by the river. Come the French Revolution, the name Quai de la Daurade was changed to quai Rousseau and the church became a tobacco factory.

By the 19th century, better heads prevailed and the tobacco factory regained its spiritual destiny and became the Basillique Notre Dame de La Daurada. It is celebrated today as the home of the Black Madonna. The Palace of Arts and Science was built on the Quai in 1895.

Promenading on the Henri Martin promenade on the Quai next to the river has always been popular. Descend the steps to the river and take a cruise. Boat tours are available in the mornings and afternoons. See the finely engineered Nine Bridge, erected in 1632, it is the only bridge consistently impervious to the Garonne's ravaging floods.

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Quai de la Daurade (La daurade Quay) on Map

Sight Name: Quai de la Daurade (La daurade Quay)
Sight Location: Toulouse, France (See walking tours in Toulouse)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Toulouse, France

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Create Your Own Walk in Toulouse

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
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Toulouse Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles

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