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Walk through Montpellier

I think Montpellier was my favourite city in southern France. Of course all have amazing and interesting things to see, but I just liked the feel and atmosphere of Montpellier better.

Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier

La cathédrale Saint-Pierre is one of the most unusual I saw. That entrance looks so unique. The cathedral dates back to the 14th century. The canopy porch with the two round towers are the only architectural elements surviving from the medieval period.

Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier

How impressive is the canopy, seen from a street leading towards the church.

Entrance to Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier

Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier interior

The interior is splendid too. I like the ceiling, picture below, which has a blue background with yellow stars, similar to the ones I saw in Krakow.

ceiling

detail of interior

interior of the church

entrance to the cathedral

The cathedral is free to visit and well worth it.

Another view of the cathedral's exterior

La Faculté de Médecine

Near the cathedral is La Faculté de Médecine. I wanted to visit it, but it was under renovation, so we could only have a quick look around. That being said, I was happy that we were allowed in. There were a few other visitors too.
The Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier was created in 1220 and it is the oldest faculty still in operation, in the Western world.

Entrance to La Faculté de Médecine

corridor

display

interior garden

From this interior garden of La Faculté de Médecine the cathedral is visible.

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe in Montpellier, one of many in France. This one was made in 1691 and the statue of Louis XIV is in the park.

The inscription on it is: Ludovico magno LXXII annos regnanding dissociatis repressis conciliatis gentibus quartet decennali bello conjuratis pax terra marique parta 1715. Translated, it means Louis the Great, whose reign lasted seventy-two years ago, brought peace on land and on the sea after having separated, contained and having attached himself to allied peoples in a war of forty years.
Louis XIV died in 1715.

Aqueduc Saint-Clément

This is part of the Aqueduct of Saint-Clément. There is another, bigger, aqueduct in southern France, close to Nîmes, Pont du Gard, but that one is hard to reach without a car.

Detail

The details are just amazing.

Aqueduc Saint-Clément

Unlike the Roman Pont du Gard, which is 50 km long, the one in Montpellier, Saint-Clément, was built in the 1700s. It’s 14 km long.

Aqueduc Saint-Clément

It is impressive to see.

Aqueduc Saint-Clément

Drinks near the Aqueduc Saint-Clément

As one can imagine, there are restaurants/bars with tables outside, for people to look at Saint-Clément while having a drink.

Place de la Comédie

Place de la Comédie is in the city centre. It adorns the Ukrainian flag, which was lovely to see. The square in the picture below is beside the theatre.

Square

Petit Train

Here is the place for taking the Petit Train. I loved having tours with these trains, they are so cool. Some of the trains are electric. The tour lasts for 40 minutes, so it’s plenty to see the most interesting things and hear about its history.

La Tour de la Babote

La Tour de la Babote or Babote tower is another lovely place to see in Montpellier. These are the remnants of the old 12th century fortifications. The upper floor is newer, dating to 1740 when an observatory was built on top of the foundations of one of the rampart towers. The tower became an observatory in 1745, as it was taken over by the Académie des Sciences, then the Société Royale des Sciences.

La Tour de la Babote

Drinks at La Tour de la Babote

Here too are a few cafes to chose from, perfect for stopping on a busy sunny day.

Church

Lastly, the Sanctuaire Saint-Roch, was one of the places we were told about during the Petit Train tour. So, we went to see it properly after the tour. It was built in the mid-1800s with money from subscriptions. It has some relics which are shown in an yearly event.

Roch was born in Montpellier in the 14th century. After seeing all the sufferance during the plaque, in which hundreds died each day, including both of his parents, he donated his inheritance to the poor and became a monk. He travelled and cared for the sick, with plaque being a constant problem at that time.

It’s interesting that this church was built at a time when there was another epidemic, of cholera. There were cholera outbreaks from the 1830s to 1850s.

Street

While this was not a city I would have visited unless I was in that part of France, I’m very happy I went there because I loved it.

3 Comment

  1. Wow, the cathedral is stunning! Love those two cone-shaped pillars at the front and the vaulting inside is beautiful (we have fan vaulting in Bath Abbey). Lovely photos, Anca.

  2. You’ve shared such interesting photos and information in this post. The entryway/canopy on that church really is different and beautiful. The little tour trains are great! My youngest grandson loves trains of any kind, so he would find them interesting. Looks like a gorgeous weather day for you there.

    On a side note, I’ve noticed the “comment luv” feature doesn’t work for me on this blog anymore. (a critical error) It still works on your book blog.

    1. The weather was a bit hot, from ~26C (79F) up to 30-ish (that’s about 86F). I would have preferred a 22-24C range, but it was ok. All days were sunny, with only 2 exceptions in 14 days and not very rainy, just cloudy.

      Thanks for telling me about the comment luv, I will tell my husband to have a look at it.

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