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  • 1 Musée Goya - Museum of Hispanic Art Interesting

    Museums and art

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

    The museum is housed in the bishop's palace, the plans of which were drawn up by Mansart and the gardens by Le Nôtre. Specialising in Spanish paintings, its biggest claim to fame is its exceptional collection of works by Goya (The Disasters of War, L..

  • 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

    The church was rebuilt in the Baroque style from 1743 to 1755. The bells of the carillon of Notre-Dame-de-la-Platé have been ringing at 11.45am every morning (except Sunday) since 1847!

  • 4 Castres Town Hall

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

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

    Housed in the former bishop's palace (Castres was the seat of a bishopric from 1317 to 1790), the town hall was built in 1669 based on plans by Mansart. On the first floor is the Goya Museum. The Tour S t Benoît in the courtyard, a massive Romanesque..

  • 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

    Nature and gardens

    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

    A fine classical ensemble with sandstone façades. The statue of Castres native Jean Jaurès by sculptor Gaston Puech dominates the square, where a colourful market is held every Saturday.

  • 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

    This leisure park to the north of town offers a plethora of activities and facilities, such as walks, picnic areas, orienteering, children's games, plus a swimming pool and ice rink: plenty of ways to unwind!

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