Écusson by night: Montpellier’s Historical centre

Discover Montpellier’s Historical centre, also known as the Écusson district home to over a thousand years of history within its labyrinth of typical medieval streets.  It is home to a variety of sights including the Place de la Comédie at its heart, the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre and a variety of Historical Hotels and private mansions.  The vast majority of the buildings in this historic centre have medieval roots and were modified between the 16th and the 18th centuries.

Of particular interest in the old centre:

  1. Place de la Comédie: grandiose square with its 18h century opera house
  2. Carré St Anne on the location of original Saint Paul Church dating back to the 12th Century
  3. Porte du Peyrou: triumphal arch entrance to the Royal place
  4. Cathédrale Saint-Pierre: Montpellier Cathedral originally built in 1364
  5. Musée d’Anatomie: Museum of Anatomy of the Faculty of Medicine in Montpellier
  6. Musée Fabre: Montpellier art museum
  7. Montpellier Historical Hotels and private mansions
  8. Medieval mikve: 12th century Jewish ritual bath
  9. Place de la Canourgue: 17th-century gardens
  10. Tour des Pins: the only remaining tower of the city medieval walls
  11. Tour de la Babotte: medieval tower modified in the 18th century to welcome an observatory
  12. Rue du Bras de Fer: Iron Arm typical medieval Street
  13. Préfecture de l’Héraut: Montpellier’s region administrative centre

Écusson by night images

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