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  • 1 Goya Museum (Hispanic Art) Interesting

    Museums and art

    Au 1er étage de l’hôtel de ville, dans l’ancien palais épiscopal F - 81100 Castres

    The Musée Goya is known for its superb collection of works by Francisco de Goya ( Ferdinand VII presiding over the Junta of the Philippines , extremely critical while appearing to be quite neutral, a hard-hitting Self-portrait with Glasses, the strik..

  • 2 Hotel de Nayrac Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    12 r. Frédéric-Thomas F - 81100 Castres

    The three façades with mullioned windows connected by two corner towers and, naturally, stone and brick, are a fine example of 17C civil architecture from Toulouse.

  • 3 Church of Notre Dame de la Platé

    Religious buildings

    F - 81100 Castres

    Isidore and Antoine Baratta, disciples of Bernini, had a field day in this Baroque building. Their Assumption of the Virgin in Carrara marble stands at the centre of the high altar. Notre-Dame-de-la-Platé also has a fine 18C organ.

  • 4 Castres Town Hall

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de l'Hôtel-de-Ville F - 81100 Castres

    The Hôtel de Ville is a former bishop's palace built in 1669 and designed by Mansart. Saint-Benoît Tower, in the courtyard, is a massive Romanesque construction with an elegant doorway, the only vestige of the former Abbey of Saint-Benoît.

  • 5 Castres Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    9 r. Barral F - 81100 Castres

    Castres Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Benoit) succeeded a Benedictine abbey-church founded in the 9C. The (18C) interior is exuberantly Baroque, with a canopied high altar supported by Caunes marble columns, a choir surrounded by four marble statues, a..

  • 6 Quai des Jacobins

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai des Jacobins F - 81100 Castres

    The Quai des Jacobins affords the nicest view of the brightly coloured façades of the former tanners' and weavers' dwellings that give onto the Agout river. For a closer view, you could take a ride on a tow-boat.

  • 7 Jean Jaurès Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Jean-Jaurès F - 81100 Castres

    The Place Jean Jaurès is a fine classical ensemble with sandstone façades. The statue of native son Jean Jaurès by sculptor Gaston Puech dominates the square, where a colourful market is held three times a week.

  • 8 Rue Chambre-de-l'Edit

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Chambre-de-l'Édit F - 81100 Castres

    The Hôtel de Viviès, a 16C building with a fine square corner tower at n° 35 Rue Chambre-de-l'Édit, frames a courtyard reached through a monumental doorway. At n° 31, the 16C Hôtel Jean-Leroy has pretty mullioned windows and a corner tower overlookin..

  • 9 Hotel de Poncet

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Gabriel-Guy F - 81100 Castres

    Strange caryatids support the balustered terrace of this elegant 17C townhouse. Inside there is a monumental staircase.

  • 10 National Centre and Jean Jaures museum

    Museums and art

    2 pl. Pélisson F - 81100 Castres

    The centre is devoted to the life and work of Jean Jaures as well as to subjects that concerned society at the end of the 19 C and the start of the 20 C.

  • 11 Gourjade Park

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    rte de Roquecourbe F - 81100 Castres

    The peacocks wander freely alongside the walkers in this park of 53 ha, equipped with mini-golf, volleyball areas, skateboard and roller blade tracks. Near by are a swimming pool and an ice-skating rink.

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