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Montauban

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Tarn-et-Garonne

Montauban - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Tarn-et-Garonne
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The capital of Tarn-et-Garonne, the town of Art and History of Montauban is both welcoming and lively, and is popular for its pleasant way of life. Founded in 1144 by the Count of Toulouse, Alphonse Jourdain, it offers residents and visitors a rich heritage, in terms of both culture and buildings.

The historic heart of the fortified town, the superb Place Nationale, a square where a little market takes place every day, is surrounded by both a double row of arcades and elegant brick facades. Around the square, pleasant pedestrian streets invite fans of shopping and city walks to take a stroll around. Take a walk in Old Montauban and you'll also discover some beautiful monuments, like the Church of St. James and its splendid Toulouse-style octagonal bell tower, the 14th-century Old Bridge and its seven ogival arches over the waters of the Tarn, the Lefranc de Pompignan Mansion and its entrance door, the monument to the dead by the sculptor Bourdelle, or the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in the classical style.

Near the Old Bridge, the Ingres Museum based in the old 17th-century Episcopal Palace simply must be seen. Dedicated to the works of the two famous artists born in Montauban, this prestigious establishment contains remarkable collections of paintings and drawings by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, as well as sculptures by Antoine Bourdelle. The museum also offers lapidary and archaeological collections, and regularly hosts temporary exhibitions.

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Montauban

Location: Montauban, located in the heart of southwestern France, the second city of the Midi-Pyrenees, is the prefecture of Tarn-et-Garonne. She is highly regarded for his "lifestyle" in the land of "soft adventure". The city has about 60,000 inhabitants in the last census. It is 45 km from Toulouse with direct access from the highway of the Two Seas (A62), less than 5 hours from Paris by TGV and 30 minutes from Toulouse International Airport.

Brief History: Founded in the 12th century by the Count of Toulouse, the city of Montauban is the first new cities of medieval south. From the 13th century, the city entered a prosperous period, the Old Bridge and the Saint-Jacques are built. The Black Death and the Hundred Years' War put an end to this period. The mid-16th century until its surrender to the royal troops in 1629, Montauban itself as a stronghold of Protestantism, alongside La Rochelle and Nîmes. Revenue in the Catholic fold Royal, the city becomes a true regional capital, seat of a stewardship from 1735. "Fallen" to the French Revolution, Montauban is "reinstated in his rights" in 1808 with the creation of the Tarn-et-Garonne, where she became the prefecture. If the city lacks the shift of the Industrial Revolution, however, she knows in the 19th century an intense cultural life, including the painter Ingres and the sculptor Bourdelle are two of the most illustrious representatives.

Specialties: The table combines products Montalbanaise a varied terroir. Take the time to taste the apple crisps, the Jacquou, the balls and Montauban Montauriols respectively hazelnuts and chocolate covered cherries.

Things to see and do

City of Art and History, Montauban has a rich architectural and artistic heritage. At the heart of the city, the National remains the essential element of the grid plan of the medieval city.

Through the streets, discover mansions such as those of Pompignan Lefranc and the hotel bar. We arrive at the Old Bridge at the foot of the Musée Ingres, Montauban dedicated to artists Ingres and Bourdelle. We have a panoramic view of the Tarn and the embankment to the left. Finish the ride by a cool break in the Jardin des Plantes.

Guided tours of the city (on foot), the Ingres museum, theme (the Cathedral, the Church of St. Jacques, the Place Nationale, Montauban the 19th century, Montauban over the Tarn, the Protestant Montauban, sculptures Bourdelle to Montauban ...) are proposed. For more information, contact the Tourist Office at Montauban +33 5 63 63 60 60 or by email: info@montauban-tourisme.com

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Events and festivities

The city enjoys a calendar of festivals and events throughout the year.

January: "So Tell Festival" which helps develop reading as various animations.

February: Forum of marriage, the second night of Culture.

March: The Olympe de Gouges Days at Olympus Theatre de Gouges.

April: Marathon.

May: Book Fair Youth Eurythmie, Triathlon Montauban.

July: Montauban Festival Scenes - Jardin des Plantes / Eurythmie / Esplanade des Fontaines / Place Nationale... Day of tastes and flavors Farm Ramier.

August: Welcome to the countryside to farm Bexianis in Montbeton.

September: Day 400 shots on the Esplanade des Fontaines. The European Heritage Days.

October: Festival of Magic and illusions Large Eurythmie.

October / November: Days Manuel Azana to Olympe de Gouges Theatre.

November: Autumn Arts Festival at Olympe de Gouges theater.

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Court of Mila de Cabarieu
Court of Mila de Cabarieu
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Théâtre Olympe de Gouges
Théâtre Olympe de Gouges
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Salle Bourdelle of the Ingres Museum
Salle Bourdelle of the Ingres Museum
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Place National, during the 400 Hits
Place National, during the 400 Hits
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Cathedral
Cathedral
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Place Nationale
Place Nationale
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View of the Old Bridge and the Ingres Museum
View of the Old Bridge and the Ingres Museum
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Place Nationale
Place Nationale
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Court of L. de Pompignan
Court of L. de Pompignan
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Garden of plants
Garden of plants
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Former College
Former College
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Ingres Museum
Ingres Museum
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Market
Market
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Gate near the Place Nationale
Gate near the Place Nationale
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The Service Groups of Montauban Tourist Office offers tours through Montauban and Tarn-et-Garonne (by reservation). Whether day or over several days, all groups are welcome!

Individual side, the Tourist Office and Heritage Centre offer a program guided tours throughout the year. For more information, please contact the Group by phone at +33 5 63 63 60 60 or by email: servicegroupe@ville-montauban.fr

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