Some streets of Toulouse!!!

I will take you south deep cathar country and home of family on wifes side. We have been here many many times and have posts on several locations ,however, most have been brief comments of the sights to see. I think they deserve more so will do several posts on the things to see and we like in the pink city of Toulouse! The city is in the Haute Garonne department 31 of the region of Occitanie. Hope you enjoy the series.

Now this is heavens, walking the streets of Toulouse must be require to all those walkers lovers of architecture and history like me ::) Enjoy it

At the end of the allée Jean Jaurés you find the Place Wilson, its a place of gathering for Toulousains today and near the tourist office at its end.  It extends the Allée Jean-Jaurès, connecting the heart of the city to the Canal du Midi. Built around the square, cafes and cinemas concentrate the student nightlife. It is with the place Saint-Pierre one of the lively places of Toulouse. Accessible by metro stations Capitole and Jean-Jaurès. The place is named after Woodrow Wilson 28th President of the United States  a major player of WWI as an ally of France.

It was here that Simon de Montfort met the consuls during the siege of 1216. It was then a meadow outside the ramparts, closed here by the Porte Villeneuve. Since 1908, a sculpture and a fountain honor the poet Pierre Goudouli. In 2005-2006, pedestrianization work was carried out, reducing the number of car lanes from two to one, and paving the entire porphyry and pink marble pavement, like other pedestrian areas in the city center/downtown core. In 2007, the carousel of Toulouse, with a photograph of the city, which had been on  Place Saint George for 17 years, moved to Place Wilson. The square today includes a bald cypress, coniferous losing its needles in winter; a female ginkgo biloba; a red oak from America; a soap maker; a tulip tree; a pine laricio; a green oak; a hackberry tree; linden trees and a weeping cedar.


Since 1190 AD it is here not changing still here, the emblem of Toulouse, cannot come to the city without stopping by here, The Capitole and its donjon or tower. It looks the same since 1759 AD unchanged thru times.  At its interior courtyard call the Cour Henry IV, because a statue of the king is there the only one done while he was alive, at the center a plaque tells you that it was here that his son the duke of Montmorency was beheaded.  The south wing house today the Théâtre du Capitole.   The name of Capitole comes from the term chapter  the place where the assembly took place, today it is the Hotel de Ville or city hall.   Inside, the Salle des Illustres, measures more than 70 meters long (231 ft) and takes all the along the front facade of the building.; some of the illustrious  or famous persons showing here are Caffarelli, Rivals, Pinel, and Riquet (canal du midi) today it hold the marriages of the city. In the upper floors you have a painting collection of Henri Martin amongst others. The Donjon or tower built in the 16C it houses the archives of precious documents of the city. In 1525 a new tower is built at the old place de l’Ancienne, and served as warehouse of the city archives until 1946.  Early in the 19C the donjon was restored by  Viollet-le-Duc that bring back the towers given it the aura of bell towers ,today it is the city tourist office, dont forget to visit it ,full of rich information.


The Place du Capitole  measures 12 000 m2 and contains no construction except that is present on the ground the Occitan cross. Only access to the underground car park below is visible in the southwest corner. The square is surrounded by three streets giving access to cars. Recently, the south street is limited to residents and taxis by regulated access. The center is exclusively for pedestrians, events or daily markets. The square is accessible by metro via the Capitole station.


The capitouls decided in 1676 to create a Place Royale; to bypass the Parliament of Toulouse who opposes the project, they include in the plan of the square a statue of Louis XIV, which gave his  agreement. That in 1730, fifteen years after the death of Louis XIV, which probably explains why the statue never saw the light of day; following the renovation of the facade of the Capitol in 1739, it was decided to enlarge the square; the work does not begin until 1750. The current  square  was completely cleared until 1792.

Over the course of the city’s political history, the Place du Capitole was successively named “Place Royale” then “Place de la Liberté” (under the French revolution), “Place Commune”, “Place de la Mairie”, “Place Impériale” (from 1812), and finally “Place du Capitole” in 1848. It also bore the name “Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville”. The name “Place d’Armes” is dated from a troubled period (the events of the years 1790-1800 and in particular the royalist insurrection). Cannons were placed on the square as well as hundreds of men and riders. There were up to several thousand men on the Place d’Armes, despite a smaller area than the Place du Capitole is today. The square was not completed until 1850.

See the wonderful architecture here !  The Arcades: Twenty-nine colorful and vivid pictures each retrace an event or an aspect of the history of Toulouse and its region. These frescoes are completed in 1997. Some shops are worth a look like the Café Bibent. This café is known to be a renowned literary café. One can also notice the Hôtel de l’Opéra which is at the old site of the college Saint-Martial founded in 1359 by Pope Innocent VI. Another hotel, the Hôtel du Grand-Balcon, is famous for having welcomed Guillaumet, Mermoz and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry during the time of the airmail or early aviation.

The rue Boulbonne  is a street in the historic center of Toulouse, The street has retained the appearance it had at the end of the 18C because most of the buildings built during this century, although modest, have been preserved, with their classic facades and their windows adorned with wrought iron railings. It was however cut in two, at the turn of the 20C, by the piercing of the rue de Metz: it kept from this time several buildings typical of the eclectic Toulouse style. Starting in the 1980s, the rue  Boulbonne benefited from an embellishment program, by erecting the Boulbonne fountain in 1984, and paving and pedestrianization of the street in 2005. Today, it is particularly its second part, full of shops and cafes.

The rue Boulbonne meets the following roads, in order of increasing numbers Rue Croix-Baragnon, Place Saint-Etienne, Rue de Metz, Rue d’Astorg, Rue Cantegril and Place Saint-Georges. Some remarkable buildings here are such as No. 9: building in coronations 16C; Thibaud Maistrier’s house (end of the 17C); house of Guillaume Chaillon (early 18C) .It was the home of the sculptor Thibaud Maistrier in 1679, and that of the painter Guillaume Chaillon in 1721. The facade is built in wood pan covered with plaster. The three floors are separated by wooden cords. On the 1st and 2nd floors, the left and right side windows are framed by a jam and a wooden support, the latter being supported by small consoles, while the central windows, larger, have a wooden balcony, also supported by consoles and equipped with guardrails. The third floor is open on a loggia, punctuated by four thin wooden Ionic columns, which support a molded cornice

At the old numbers  24-30 was the location of the house of architect Nicolas Bachelier, and  then Dominique Bachelier, 16C; and the Grand Hotel and Tivollier (1900-1901); prefecture of Haute-Garonne. built on the site of older houses, two of which had belonged to the architect Nicolas Bachelier, then to his son, also architect, Dominique Bachelier  formerly No. 26 and 28.

The Boulbonne fountain was built in 1984 on the site of the former Quatre-Carres well. It consists of a brick wall made of four pillars crowned with stone spheres and surmounted by a curvilinear pediment, which is inspired by the architecture of neighboring buildings. Water gushes out of three lion’s muzzles. The carved group rests on the central base. It is part of a larger ensemble designed to decorate the place du Capitole, but remained in the city’s reserves. It represents the Garonne river offering electricity to the city of Toulouse, thanks to the mills of Bazacle. The Garonne, a female figure bent under the arch of a bridge, leans on a paddle wheel. Above, the city of Toulouse, dressed in local costume, holds with her right hand a rudder.


Tourist office of Toulouse on the Capitole

There you go another dandy in my belle France, and lovely territory of many memories from and with the family over the years. Again, very nice area ,hope you enjoy the series posts to come on Toulouse, the pink city!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!




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2 Comments to “Some streets of Toulouse!!!”

  1. The photos remind me of my trip to Toulouse in January. Such a lovely city!

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