An exciting mix of ancient and modern
A rich past and a dynamic present – Toulouse’s medieval history rubs shoulders with its modern position at the centre of the European space industry. As France’s fourth-biggest city this is the vibrant heart of the South-West.
The pink buildings of the so-called Ville Rose straddle the Garonne River and the Canal du Midi – Toulouse’s two beloved waterways.
Le Musée des Augustins:
The Augustins fine arts museum is housed in a series of monastic buildings that date to the 14th and 15th centuries. It features an extensive collection of sculpture and paintings from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century.
This arts complex is 6000m2 of open space that was formerly the Toulouse abattoirs. Picasso’s monumental theatre curtain ‘La Dépouille du Minotaure en costume d’Arlequin’ is one of almost 2000 works on display.
La Cité de l’espace:
The City of Space theme park, on the outskirts of Toulouse, is dedicated to space and its exploration. Attractions include full-scale models of space vehicles, numerous interactive exhibits, an IMAX™ cinema and a Planetarium.
Home of the Town Hall and the Théâtre National du Capitole, this building is worth a visit to see the eight pink marble columns of its façade, its Henri IV courtyard and the ‘Salle des Illustres’ displaying 19th-century artworks.
This 11th-century Romanesque building is said to be the largest of its kind in the western world. There’s much to see both outside and in, such as the treasure trove of reliquaries in the crypt.