Rue des Arts (Art Street), Toulouse

Rue des Arts (Art Street), Toulouse

In medieval times the present Art Street was in two sections. First, Baragnon street, named for resident artisan basket makers. Cantegril street was Puits-des-Deux-Edges Street for the well at the intersection of Pomme Street and Fourbastard Street. In the 16th century tinsmiths and pewter smelters gave it the title of Estagneres-Vieilles.

In 1806 the street at last became the Art Street. The School of Fine Arts had moved into the buildings of the old Augustinian convent. Private mansions line the street, among them are: Nolet hotel; Depuy-Montard hotel and; Duranti hotel. Other building include: house at Croix-Baragnon; cordage at Cross street Baragnon and; the Calbairac building.

Strolling along, one will also encounter public works: Statue of Velleda, who died in an uprising against the emperor Vespasian in the year 70; The Xavier Durasse fountain, erected in 1992 in honor of Xavier Durasse, organist and composer.

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Sight Name: Rue des Arts (Art Street)
Sight Location: Toulouse, France (See walking tours in Toulouse)
Sight Type: Shopping
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