Built to promote Bourran, a new suburb of Rodez
A National Heritage architectural marvel
Rodez, is northeast of Toulouse. It is the prefecture of the department of Aveyron in the region of Midi-Pyrenees.
Due to the geographical location of Rodez, between the Millau Viaduct and Conques, but also close to cities of the Midi such as Toulouse and Montpellier, its 2,000 years old historical past offers culture with museums, including the Musée Soulages.
This old hilltop town is dominated by the red-stone cathedral to Notre-Dame-de-Rodez (300,000 tourists each year) which, with its 87 metre red sandstone bell tower, is visible for miles around. No matter which direction you approach Rodez, follow signs to centre ville and you’ll find yourself in the large cobbles central square, the Place d’Armes, looking up at the cathedral’s Gothic belfry. Nearby the streets are a shopper’s paradise, not to mention the cultural and historic museum of the region with its carved stone menhirs, the largest collection France.
The public park, Parc Forail, plays host to a number of events during the year including the Estivada, the international celebration of vibrant Occitan culture, music and language. Visit the Chateau du Colombier to see the exotic influence of the Crusades. It’s for the whole family as the children will enjoy the shows with wild animals. Enter the mediaeval world and discover the animals that humans knew during the Middle Ages!
The development of road, rail and air transport, and also its UNESCO World Heritage candidacy contributes to a positive and dynamic tourist area. Finally, the office of tourism of Rodez conducts guided tours of the monuments and landmarks of the city.
Tour des Corbières:
Ramparts of Rodez, part of the historic old city