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Culture of Montpellier. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Montpellier Place de la Comedie Montpellier is one of the most beautiful cities of southern France. Attractive medieval streets and majestic residences of the Renaissance epoch, vast historical district of the city and ancient religious structures and buildings are among the main landmarks and tourist attractions of the scenic city of Montpellier which will be of great interest for each and every visitor of the destination.
Montpellier is an incredibly beautiful French city that has preserved its historic charm and beautiful traditions. It is famous for annual festivals. In summer, the music Festival Radio … Open
One of the most renowned historical landmarks located in the suburbs of the city is the Valmagne Abbey (Abbaye de Valmagne) which was established in the middle of the 12th century an is at present an established place of holding of various cultural events. The last scale renovation and reconstruction of the abbey building was held in the 14th century. Today travelers may enjoy the majesty of the ancient building and observe its interior.
An architectural monument of the later period is the Basilica of Notre-Dame des Tables. Its construction was started in 1707 and lasted for almost 40 years. Graceful building of the Basilica has embodied the best traditions of baroque style. The Basilica neighbors a large magnificent square. Montpellier and its suburbs have preserved several majestic castles and palaces most of which still appear in their initial look and state. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Not far from the historical center of the city one will find the Chateau de Bionne. Its construction took place at the edge of the 17th – 18th centuries. For a long period of time the castle stood desolated and today it houses an upscale hotel. The Chateau de Flaugergeus. The palace features vast parkland. The first park was established there by the palace owners as far back as at the beginning of the 18th century. At present the scale and well equipped and managed garden is among the most significant city landmarks.
Montpellier A remarkable landmark of Montpellier is the Tour de la Babote being a survived part of the wall which is during the early Middle Ages surrounded the city. In the course of long history the tower has changed its look and appearance for several times and has been added with new levels meanwhile previous ones have been reconstructed. The Tour de la Babote is the only one from 25 towers which has survived till present days. The height of the construction is 53m. Among the most significant cultural landmarks and spots the Fabre Museum (Le musee Fabre) is most worth noticing. It was established in 1828. The museum got the name of its founder, renowned painter Francois Xavier Pascal Fabre. The museum presents a collection of his artworks as well as paintings and creations of other artists of France.
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The main religious attraction is Cathedrale St-Pierre built in the middle of the 19th century at the site of an old church constructed in 1536. The basilica is a true Gothic architectural masterpiece. Despite its exterior, it resembles a fortress. The shrine is a complement to the building of Medical School. Today, the Musee Et Conservatoire D'Anatomie is located here. This church was the first to be saved during Huguenot wars. It is also the biggest church in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. It is 95 m long inside, 102.5 m long outside, and 113 m long with a porch.
Palais de Justice Montpellier When another architectural masterpiece, Porte du Peyrou, was constructed, François d'Orbay took his inspiration from the Porte Saint-Denis, the first triumphal arch in Paris. The construction was completed in 1693. In 1715, bas reliefs and inscriptions lauding the Sun King appeared on the arch. Bas reliefs depict three important events taking place during the reign of Louis XIV: the capture of Namur, the excavation of Canal du Midi that links the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean Sea, and the repeal of the Edict of Nantes. On one of the bas reliefs, you can see the Sun King depicted as Hercules. Aqueduc de Saint-Clément is one of the main landmarks of the city. It was constructed in 1772 as a channel that would supply Montpellier with water from Saint-Clement. The aqueduct was modeled on the Pont du Gard in Nimes.
You should also complete your tourist route with a trip to Chateau de Flaugergues that is famous even outside France with its wonderful garden. The castle gained its present appearance in the late 18th century. The owner of the castle, Etienne de Flaugergues, took his inspiration from Italian villas. So, the building impresses with its beautiful facade, spacious terrace, and sculptures outside the castle. Of course, some French “elements” were added too. The palace is famous for an amazing garden and it is a real pleasure to walk here.
Montpellier The Hôtel de Ville is a beautiful building that you should certainly visit Upon arrival at Montpellier. It was built in 2011 by the project of Jean Nouvel. It is the masterpiece of modern architecture. Earlier, the city hall was located in the Place de la Canourgue built in the 18th century. The modern building is transparent and seems to represent the openness of France to the people. As for other government buildings, you should visit the Palais de Justice. It was built in 1863 in the style of neoclassicism.
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The Chateau de la Mogere in another interesting building in Montpellier built in 1715 in the neoclassical style. The interior of the palace is as beautiful as its exterior. The interior has survived since the early 18th century, so you will immerse in the past if you visit the palace. Like any castle, this one is famous for a wonderful garden even beyond the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. You can walk not only in gardens and parks. Graveyards are also excellent places for walks. The Cimetiere Saint Lazare with its monuments, age-old trees, and a peaceful atmosphere is incredibly beautiful. You should also visit a botanical garden with fragrant plants, La Serre Amazonienne.
Montpellier Historically, the Pharmacie de la Misericorde is attractive too. It is an old pharmacy that was built in 1622. Here, you can see the collection of ceramic items. By the way, Montpellier is famous for its craft. The first cinema built in 1908 (Ancien Cinéma Historique) is worth being mentioned too. Besides the city hall, there are other modern constructions in the city. The Pierres Vives was built by the famous company Zaha Hadid Architects. The construction was supervised by Zaha Hadid. It attracts tourists with its extraordinary shape. There is an art gallery where temporary exhibitions are often held.
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As for museums, the Musee Et Conservatoire D'Anatomie is worth being mentioned. It houses the collection of 5 600 exhibits associated with surgery and anatomy. Besides surgical instruments, you can see here wax body parts harmed by various diseases, skeletons, and embryos with malformations. Too emotional people are not recommended to visit it. Remarkably, the museum is located in the building of the oldest medical school in the world. The Musee Saharien is dedicated to the colonial history of France and the culture of captured African regions. Another interesting museum is the Musée Archéologique Henri-Prades. It will impress history and archeology enthusiasts. Here, you can see artifacts found during excavations of the old city of Lattes.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Montpellier and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Montpellier and surroundings

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What to visit during two-day excursion in Montpellier

Notre-dame-des-tables
Where: place Jean Jaurés, Montpellier;
Musée Atger
Where: 2 rue Ecole de Médecine, Montpellier; Telephone: +33 (0)4 67 66 27 77;
The Jardin Des Plantes
Where: Boulevard Henri-IV, Montpellier;
Le Mikve
Where: 1, rue Barralerie, Montpellier;
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Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Montpellier and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée Fabre' Montpellier, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Montpellier
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Saint-Pierre, Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, 9.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Saint-Étienne, Agde, 46.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Castor, Nîmes, 46.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Saint-Fulcran, Lodève, 47.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Saint-Jean, Alès, 60.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Saint-Nazaire, Béziers, 61.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Saint-Théodorit, Uzès, 63 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Montpellier

Culture guide to Montpellier. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Montpellier: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Montpellier. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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