« An extraordinary labyrinth of narrow streets called the Ecusson, starts from here. Within it, you will find unusual shops, friendly restaurants and numerous reminders of the city’s rich history. Examples of this are the Saint-Roch well, nestled in the Erbé shop, in the ‘la Loge’ street, the Saint-Côme anatomy amphitheatre where the first dissections in France took place and the Mikvé, one of the oldest in Europe, which accommodated the Jewish ritual baths. »
« Every day, thousands of people tread on my paving. Maybe they are on their way to the Fabre Museum, to admire one of Europe’s most beautiful collections. Or perhaps they are going to the Saint-Roch church to pay tribute to the patron Saint of pilgrims and animals. By walking a bit further they are rewarded by the gentleness of the ‘place de la Canourgue’, the coolness of the masterful Saint-Pierre cathedrale, or better still, by the radiant Arc de Triomphe, which opens onto the Royal Peyrou square.
Out of all those faces, places and all those stories, and through many different eras, I only remember one thing : Montpellier is the home of cultural and historical diversity that can be found nowhere else. I am proud to be the symbolic place of such an open minded city… »