Short guide to Montpellier for visitors

Porte du Peyrou jit bag/Flickr

Porte du Peyrou ©jit bag/Flickr

As the country’s eights largest city, Montpellier is a very attractive destination located in the southern part of France. It is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Besides, it is also the third largest city located on the French Riviera. Therefore, not only its majestic landmarks, but its location also makes the city very attractive for tourists. Some of the major sights of Montpellier are the following: the Place de la Comédie, the Porte du Peyrou, the Saint Pierre Cathedral, the Musée Fabre and Montpellier Botanical Garden. In case you would like to visit this fantastic city, I recommend you to read the following article before traveling. It will serve as a great short guide to Montpellier for visitors.

The Place de la Comédie

The main area of the city is the Place de la Comédie. The beautiful square is located in the south-eastern part of the city. It was first mentioned in 1755, being home to numerous architectural jewels. In the centre of the square stands the beautiful fountain named “Three Graces”. The Opéra Comédie is a main highlight of the square. The Place de la Comédie is very attractive among visitors.

Place de la Comédie by night szeke/Flickr

Place de la Comédie by night ©szeke/Flickr

The Porte du Peyrou

Built at the end of the 17th century, the Porte du Peyrou is a beautiful triumphal arch in Montpellier. The construction of the arch was completed in 1693. Its later panels were added in 1715. The bas-reliefs show 4 major events from Louis XIV’s reign. The arch stands at the eastern end of the Jardin de Peyrou, being one of the most recognizable landmarks of the city.

Porte du Peyrou jit bag/Flickr

Porte du Peyrou ©jit bag/Flickr

The Saint Pierre Cathedral

One of the religious buildings of the city, the Saint Pierre Cathedral is a beautiful building of Montpellier. The Roman Catholic cathedral is also named Montpellier Cathedral and it is a main attraction of the city. It was originally a church attached to a monastery. Today the beautiful cathedral is a main tourist attraction and landmark of Montpellier.

Saint Pierre Cathedral Wolfgang Staudt/Flickr

Saint Pierre Cathedral ©Wolfgang Staudt/Flickr

The Musée Fabre

A great tourist attraction of the city is the Musée Fabre. Founded in 1825, the museum is one of the most significant sights of the city. It is located closely to the focal point of the city, the Place de la Comédie. The museum is considered to be one of the most important in France, housing significant collections of paintings and sculpture. If you love art, don’t miss this fantastic museum!

Montpellier Botanical Garden

Montpellier has something to offer to the lovers of nature, too. The Montpellier Botanical Garden is a main sight of the city. Today the garden is home to about 2,600 plant species, including grown outdoors, about 1,000 under glass. Between October and May the garden is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00. From June to September it is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 20:00. (January 2014)


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