Montpellier Antigone Walking Tour (Self Guided), Montpellier

The Antigone is the most modern and futuristic part of Montpellier. Most of the buildings in this area are conceived by architect Ricardo Bofill and all of them are designed in neo-classical style, but they each have their individual charm and beauty. Established around the end of the 1970s, the architectural complex starts at the edge of Place de la Comedie and runs up to the river Lez. It is decorated with beautiful buildings, fountains, greenery and cozy cafes and restaurants.
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Montpellier Antigone Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Montpellier Antigone Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Montpellier (See other walking tours in Montpellier)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: Cathy
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The Sauramps (Le Triangle)

1) The Sauramps (Le Triangle) (must see)

The Sauramps bookshop, established in Montpellier for more than sixty years, right in the center of the town centre, is the second most important, independent French bookshop. It covers an area of 2 500 m2. It is located on the ground floor of the Triangle - the highest building of Montpellier and one of the most eye-catching landmarks. The rest of the floors are occupied by a hotel. Built in 1970, the step-shaped structure is at the front of the architectural complex of Antigone Quartier.
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Polygone

2) Polygone (must see)

The Polygone is a French shopping centre located in the Antigone Polygone part of the city. It is the biggest shopping centre of the Languedoc-Rousillon region. It was built in 1977. Initially it had two levels and years later, the third one was constructed. Some of the biggest brands can be found within the boutiques of the Polygone. Some of them are Fnac, Gap, Galleries Lafayette, Zara and Celio.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
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Place Du Nombre D'or

3) Place Du Nombre D'or (must see)

Place Du Nombre D'or is a square in the new quarter of the city, encompassed by a neo-classical building designed by architect Ricardo Bifill in 1979. In the middle of Place Du Nombre D'or there is a fountain that was installed here in 2000. It is possible to see it only when it works, because it is installed in the ground. The fountain is lit by 152 searchlights of white light.
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Place du Millénaire

4) Place du Millénaire (must see)

Place du Millénaire or Millennium Square is a long esplanade situated in the new quarter of Montpellier. It is decorated on both sides with shady trees, summer terraces, shops and restaurants. The buildings that are placed along the sides of Place du Millénaire are the creation of Ricardo Bifill, along with the rest of the buildings in the Antigone quarter of the city. It is a perfect place to take a walk or to relax and admire the modern city on a sunny day.
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Place Théssalie

5) Place Théssalie

Place Théssalie is another modern square in Montpellier. The buildings that form the borders of the place are constructed in neo-classical style and were conceived by architect Ricardo Biffil. This place's claim to fame is a fountain named Fountain Ephebes, placed in the middle of the square. The conception and development of the fountain is attributed to Cristian Breazu. It represents three statues of Ephebes showering under the running water of the fountain.
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Olympic Swimming Pool

6) Olympic Swimming Pool

The Olympic Swimming Pool is located in one of the most modern buildings of the city. It was built in 1980 and was initially conceived as a hotel. It is the most popular pool in the area due to its big size and numerous entertainment spots. They include a cafe, a solarium, a chute and other leisure and sport attractions.
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Esplanade of Europe

7) Esplanade of Europe (must see)

The Esplanade of Europe clearly resembles an enormous amphitheatre of green grass constructed in the late seventies. The buildings that encircle the esplanade are of an extraordinary grandeur. It is also surrounded by diverse cafes, restaurants, banks, administrative offices and a big hotel. The center of the Esplanade is marked with a statue of an ancient Greek goddess.
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Hôtel de Région

8) Hôtel de Région

The Hôtel de Région marks the end of the architectural axe of the Antigone. Situated on the other side of the river Lez, it was built in neo-classical style, like all the other works of the famous architect, Ricardo Bofill. The hotel is constructed primarily of stone and glass, thus making it very visible in daylight, due to the reflection of lights. The Hôtel de Région is placed in front of a huge, splendid fountain. It is the size of the Triumphal Arc in Paris.

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