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Montpellier Heritage The most beautiful gems

Heritage, monuments and museums

Montpellier has 1000 years of history, an 800 year old Faculty of Medicine, museums, not to mention the jewels of contemporary architecture…

As you stroll through the medieval streets, you will admire the triumphal arch, the mikveh, the cathedral, the Place Royale du Peyrou… so many vestiges of Montpellier’s proud past.

The metropolitan area is not to be outdone, with numerous heritage gems that are yours to discover.

Enjoy a drink on Place de la Comédie

The beating heart of Montpellier, the Place de la Comédie is THE place to be in Montpellier. Formerly known as the Place de l’œuf for its oval shape, it is one of the largest pedestrian areas in Europe, dominated by the Comédie opera house. In the centre, the “3 Graces”, a statue-fountain created in 1773, stands proudly. It is the ideal place to take the pulse of the city.


Visit the Fabre Museum of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole

Considered one of the most beautiful Fine Arts museums in Europe, the Fabre Museum of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole is an exceptional monument combining ancient and modern architecture. It houses European works from the Renaissance to the present day, and has a wing devoted entirely to the contemporary artist Pierre Soulages. The city’s must-see museum.

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Strolling around stunning medieval streets

Montpellier is bursting with tiny medieval streets symbolizing its glorious history . Rue de la Valfère, Rue du Bras de Fer, Rue de L’Argenterie are sure to take you back in time and introduce you to a whole new world… Our recommendation? Forget all about your map, and just follow your instincts as you wend your way along these narrow streets. Why not go shopping in the boutiques with their vaulted ceilings and visit designers, antique dealers and tearooms, or see some art at Carré Ste Anne (closed actually), Galerie St Ravy etc… enjoy a journey back through time!

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Opening the doors to the beautiful courtyards of private mansions

Massive gates, huge, luminous courtyards, stairs with wrought-iron balustrades – Montpellier and its surrounding area together boast almost 80 private mansions of the classical period. Nowadays these private courtyards, veritable hidden gems, can only be visited on guided tours organised by the Tourist Office… However, keep your eyes peeled! When you turn a corner in the street, you might just happen on an open door and be able to take a rare glimpse inside. This adds a whole new dimension to strolling through the city…


Street Art in the city: a dreamily nice walk !

In the historical center, you don’t know where to look: painted markers on Place St Roch, other trompe-l’oeil, collages, bicycles in the walls … Here, a smiling moon painted on a trash container, there, a mosaic space invader, over there stencils with hearts …

Without forgetting a little tour on the Verdanson quays, a veritable gallery of urban art!