City Orientation Walk, Montpellier

City Orientation Walk, Montpellier
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Montpellier is a very attractive city from an architectural standpoint. Some of the local structures are extremely old, this being an inviting factor for history buffs. Among the ancient landmarks worth visiting here are the Tower of Babotte, the Opera House and more. Those with the taste for modernity will certainly love to explore the local buildings facade frescoes - a new course in contemporary art.

City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: France » Montpellier (See other walking tours in Montpellier)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Author: Cathy
Place de la Comédie

1) Place de la Comédie (must see)

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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Opera House

2) Opera House (must see)

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...   view more
Chapel of the Blue Penitents

3) Chapel of the Blue Penitents

The Chapel of the Blue Penitents is the building where the Company of the Blue Penitents of Montpellier reside. They organized their meetings in many different places. The chapel was built in Neo-Gothic style between 1846 and 1848. The Company of the Blue Penitents are the only ones who support the restoration and preservation...   view more
Tower of Babotte

4) 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...   view more
Mural at Place Edouard Adam

5) 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...   view more
Mural at Place Saint Roch

6) Mural at Place Saint Roch (must see)

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...   view more
Hélène Trintignan Gallery

7) Hélène Trintignan Gallery

Hélène Trintignan Gallery is a very modern art gallery located on a very busy street in the heart of Montpellier. Many extremely famous artists and sculptors had their works exhibited in this gallery. The French Art Galleries Committee included the present gallery in its list and Hélène Trintignan, its owner and also a talented artist, is a member of The Contemporary Art Court of Appeal.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm; 2:30 pm - 7...   view more
Church of Saint Anne & Carre Saint Anne Gallery

8) Church of Saint Anne & Carre Saint Anne Gallery (must see)

Church of Saint Anne in Montpellier is one of the most eye-catching landmarks in the area. It is one of the tallest buildings in the city, and therefore can be seen from a long distance. The Neo-Gothic-style church was erected between 1866 and 1869 by Jules Cassan, on the former site of a church dating from the 12th century.

Since 1991, the building hosts a popular contemporary art gallery - "Carre Saint Anne". The building hosts exhibitions of paintings, photographs and other...   view more
Prefecture of Hérault

9) 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...   view more
Palace of Justice

10) 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...   view more
Montpellier Cathedral

11) Montpellier Cathedral (must see)

Montpellier Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier) is a Roman Catholic cathedral and a national monument of France, located in the town of Montpellier. It is the seat of the archbishops, previously the bishops, of Montpellier. Originally attached to the monastery of Saint-Benoît (founded in 1364), the church was elevated to the status of cathedral in 1536, when the sea of Maguelonne became part of Montpellier. It suffered extensive damage during the Wars of Religion between...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Les Ursulines

12) Les Ursulines (must see)

The Ursulines was built in 1641. Its design was realized by architect Jean Bonnassier. The initial function of the building was to shelter a nunnery which was transformed into a women's prison during the Revolution. For several years after that, the place became an assemblage of barracks. Nowadays the building has the role of hosting a dance studio and several offices linked to Montpellier Dance. Numerous choreographic events take place in the...   view more
Plant Garden

13) Plant Garden (must see)

The Jardin des Plantes de Montpellier (4.5 hectares) is a historic botanical garden and arboretum. The garden was established in 1593 by a letters patent from King Henri IV, under the leadership of Pierre Richer de Belleval, professor of botany and anatomy. It is France's oldest botanical garden, inspired by the Orto botanico di Padova (1545). In turn, it serves as a model for the Jardin des Plantes de Paris (1626). The Montagne de Richer lies within the garden's oldest section, which...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Montpellier Aqueduct

14) Montpellier Aqueduct (must see)

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...   view more
Water Castle

15) Water Castle (must see)

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...   view more


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