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The Place de la Comédie The beating heart of Montpellier

The most famous square in Montpellier, the beating heart of the city.

An essential place

A bit of history

It is the symbol of the city’s prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries. It hosts two essential emblems: the Opéra Comédie, an Italian-style theater from 1888, and the statue of the Three Graces which surmounts the fountain. The square is one of the largest pedestrian complexes in Europe.

A first meeting with the city

The Place de la Comédie is an ideal starting point for your discovery of the city! Whether you are a fan of Art and Heritage, with the Fabre museum and the Pavillon Populaire a stone’s throw away, shopping in the surrounding streets or gastronomy with its many cafes and restaurants.

In addition, it is at the heart of the tram network with a stop where lines 1 and 2 follow one another to facilitate your travels.

Did you know ?

Place de la Comédie’s nickname is the Egg’s place because of its ovoid shape – A place to meet and seduce in the 18th century, this nickname is also associated with the expression (in French) “do the egg”.

The Place has changed its appearance several times, once greener at the beginning of the century, it was also at the heart of post-war road traffic.

Now pedestrianized again, it gives pride of place to “soft transport” (less-polluting) and work in progress will make it a green heart of the city again, in particular with the planting of trees.

Made in 1776 in Carrara’s marble and classified as a historical monument, the statue of the Three Graces was moved several times. The original one is located in the hall of the Opéra Comédie.

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Focus on... The life on the Place de la Comédie

Admire the architecture of the 19th century buildings around the square. Have you seen the “diver” of the Gaumont cinema?

If you want to enjoy a drink on the terrace to watch people stroll around, or be amazed at the street artists who liven it up daily, you’ve come to the right place!

Beautiful by day and full of sunshine, the square takes on superb bluish colors at night thanks to the work of the artist Yann Kersalé.