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  • 1 Rue de l'Aiguillerie

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de l'Aiguillerie

    Some of the shops in this old tradesmen's street still retain their 14C-15C vaulting.

  • 2 Hôtel Baudon-de-Mauny

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Carbonnerie

    The elegant Louis XVI façade of this residence is decorated with garlands of flowers.

  • 3 Rue du Cannau

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Cannau

    This street is lined with 17C private residences: the hôtel de Roquemaure (n°1), the hôtel d'Avèze (n°3), the hôtel de Beaulac (n°6) and, at n°8, the hôtel Deydé with its flattened arch, also termed a "davilerte" (named after the architect ..

  • 4 Hôtel de Solas

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 r. Fournarié

    A Louis XIII doorway leads into this 17C house which has a porch ceiling decorated with plasterwork.

  • 5 Hôtel d'Uston

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 r. Fournarié

    The arch of the doorway is decorated with garlands (the keystone is ornamented with the figure of a lady) and the pediment has a vase of flowers framed by cherubs.

  • 6 Hôtel de la Vieille Intendance

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    9 r. de la Vieille-Intendance

    This was once the home of Auguste Comte, born in Montpellier and the founder of Positivism; it was later occupied by the Sète poet, Paul Valéry.

  • 7 Ancien Courrier Quarter

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Mar.-Foch

    The narrow streets of this quarter, the oldest in Montpellier, have now been colonised by art galleries and luxury shops.

  • 8 Church of St Anne

    Religious buildings

    2 rue Philippy

    Built in the 19C, the church is crowned by a tall bell-tower and is now used for temporary exhibitions. The vestiges of the small 17C building opposite the porch were brought here and rebuilt.

  • 9 Rue du Bras-de-Fer

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Bras-de-Fer

    This tiny medieval street spanned by a Gothic arch leads down to rue de l'Ancien-Courrier.

  • 10 Place St-Ravy

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. St-Ravy

    This square contains the vestiges (Gothic bays) of the ancient palace of the sovereigns of the short-lived Kingdom of Majorca. Note the fine vaulting with keystones in the Saint Ravy room (used for temporary exhibitions).

  • 11 Hôtel St-Côme

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    32 rue Grand’Rue-Jean-Moulin

    Currrently the headquarters of Montpellier's chamber or commerce, it was built in the 18C by Jean-Antoine Giral, thanks to a donation from François Gigot de Lapeyronie, surgeon to Louis XV, who bequeathed part of his fortune to the Montpellier guild ..

  • 12 Triumphal Arch

    Archaeological and historical sites

    r. du Mar.-Foch

    Erected in the late 17C, the arch is decorated with bas-reliefs commemorating the victories of Louis XIV and the major events of his reign, such as the linking of the two seas by the Canal du Midi and the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. The presen..

  • 13 St Peter's Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Boulevard Henri-IV

    The massive façade of this fortified cathedral is a continuation of that of the Faculty of Medicine. It is the only church in the city to have been spared during the Wars of Religion and, despite its Gothic style, is reminiscent of the Romanesque chu..

  • 14 Faculty of Medicine

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 r. de l'École-de-Médecine

    The faculty of medicine occupies a former Benedictine monastery established by Pope Urban V in the 14C. The machicolated façade was remodelled by Giral in the 18C. The entrance is watched over by the bronze statues of two Montpellier doctors, Barthez..

  • 15 Jardin des Plantes

    Nature and gardens

    Boulevard Henri-IV

    Founded in 1593, the garden has temperate and tropical greenhouses and contains a variety of Mediterranean trees (nettle trees, green oaks etc.). In the southern part, 3 000 species of plants grow in the botanical garden which illustrates the "s..

  • 16 Museum of Old Montpellier

    Museums and art

    2 place Pétrarque

    In the museum are engravings, portraits of eminent persons, old plate and religious objects including a Virgin reliquary from Notre Dame des Tables, penitents' sticks and documents from the time of the Revolution.

  • 17 Musée du Fougau

    Museums and art

    2 place Pétrarque

    Life in Languedoc in the 19C evoked by means of various objects, furniture and decors.

  • 18 Conservatory of Anatomy

    Museums and art

    2 rue de l'École-de-Médecine

    Collections of normal and pathological anatomy, anatomical models and other cheerful objects! Unusual...

  • 19 Château d'O

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue des Moulins - rond-point du Château-d'O

    This 18C château, set in a fine park with statues taken from the Château de la Mosson, belongs to the Hérault regional government and is the venue for an annual drama festival, "Printemps des Comédiens".

  • 20 Château de La Mosson

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 109

    The most sumptuous château in the Montpellier district, built between 1723 and 1729 for Joseph Bonnnier, a banker who was ennobled as Marquis de La Mosson. Nowadays, the only reminder of the lavish decoration of the park (now a public garden) is the ..

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