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Castres - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Tarn
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From Quai des Jacobins quay, there's a striking view of the old colourful houses of Castres lining the River Agout. These former tanners' and dyers' homes are a top tourist attraction and can also be admired from on board a picturesque wooden boat.

The Goya museum, housed in the former episcopal palace, is dedicated to Spanish painting and in particular the work of the famous Spanish artist Francisco de Goya.

Outside the museum, the Bishop's palace garden contains magnificent embroidery-like flowerbeds (parterres de broderie) designed by Le Nôtre. The old town also boasts some interesting mansions, including the Hôtel de Viviès and Hôtel de Nayrac.

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Castres

In Languedoc, between Toulouse and Montpellier, in a natural, preserved at the foot of the Black Mountains and the plateau of granite Sidobre doors, Castres, city marked by all currents of thought, the Cathar heresy of Protestantism is a crossroads of multiple influences.

Old town with strong roots, recorded in history, it kept the rich history of events and developments, cultural identity, architectural and economic strong.

Toulouse and Carcassonne are within an hour by road, Albi to thirty minutes.

All invite you to stay in this land Occitan.

Despite its Latin origin "castrum", the city was not founded by the Romans, although the discovery of a Gallo-Roman villa at Gourjade certify a presence in the first and second centuries AD. The site was occupied from the Iron Age, in the eighth century before J-C, but the origin of the city dates back to the early ninth century (810) with the foundation of a Benedictine abbey. The monks bring back the relics of Saint Vincent of Saragossa (patron of the city) where a basilica was built. Castres becomes a stage on one way to St Jacques de Compostela: the path of Arles. At the heart of the Cathar heresy, the city does not engage openly and submits to Simon de Montfort. In 1317 it was established as bishop and the rest until 1790. During the Wars of Religion, Castres, Huguenot stronghold, became stronghold; many convent buildings are destroyed.

In 1595, Henri IV sets Castres to the Chamber of the Edict, tribunal of judges Catholics and Protestants to make a fair justice. This is the beginning of one of the most prosperous periods. Beautiful mansions are constructed and participate in the rebirth of Castres (see: Guy Gabriel Street, Chamber of the Edict, Victor Hugo, Montlédier, Sabaterie, Fellows, Frederick Thomas...). A Literary Academy was created by a group of local scholars. At the cultural boom adds prosperity: the work of artisans of wool, leather and paper, textile Castres says his vocation. The seventeenth century bequeathed remarkable sets, especially the Bishop's Palace, designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, which now houses the City Hall and the Museum Goya. It is extended by a French garden designed according to the plans of André Le Nôtre.

In the nineteenth century, the city continues its industrialization and development with many facilities: it gets a great place Royale (now Jean-Jaurès), and a market place Albinque. The year 1859 saw the birth of Jean Jaurès. In 1893, Marcel receives Castres Briguiboul, rich merchant and painter, made a bequest in particular three oils on canvas of the Aragonese master Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. The museum which houses takes the name of Goya Museum in 1947. It is now the second Hispanic art museum in France after the Louvre.

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The events taking place each year Castres:

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Jean Jaures
Jean Jaures
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Houses on the Agout
Houses on the Agout
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Bishop's Garden
Bishop's Garden
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Statue of Jean Jaures
Statue of Jean Jaures
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Houses on the Agout
Houses on the Agout
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Bishop's Garden
Bishop's Garden
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Place Jean Jaurès lit
Place Jean Jaurès lit
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National Center and Museum Jean Jaures
National Center and Museum Jean Jaures
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Goya Museum
Goya Museum
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Carillon our Lady of the Platé
Carillon our Lady of the Platé
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Gourjade Golf
Gourjade Golf
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crafts Space
crafts Space
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Downtown
Downtown
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Bridge over the Agout
Bridge over the Agout
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St. Benedict Church
St. Benedict Church
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Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
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Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
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Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
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Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
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Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
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Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
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Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
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Inside the St. Benedict Church
Inside the St. Benedict Church
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Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
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Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
Inside of the Saint-Benoît church
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Saint-Benoît Tower
Saint-Benoît Tower
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Église Saint-Jean Saint-Louis
Église Saint-Jean Saint-Louis
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Église Saint-Jean Saint-Louis
Église Saint-Jean Saint-Louis
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Inside the Saint church -Jean St. Louis
Inside the Saint church -Jean St. Louis
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Inside the church Saint-Jean Saint-Louis
Inside the church Saint-Jean Saint-Louis
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Inside the church Saint-Jean Saint-Louis
Inside the church Saint-Jean Saint-Louis
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Inside the church Saint-Jean Saint-Louis
Inside the church Saint-Jean Saint-Louis
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Interior of St. John's church St. Louis
Interior of St. John's church St. Louis
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City Theatre
City Theatre
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fountain
fountain
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fountain Detail
fountain Detail
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City Hall
City Hall
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pedestrian street
pedestrian street
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