The Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc-Roussillon

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  • 1. Abbaye St-Martin du Canigou

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Visitors tackling a steep half-hour climb from the parking area, come to make a pilgrimage—esthetic or spiritual—to this celebrated medieval...Read More

  • 2. Basilique St-Sernin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Toulouse's most famous landmark and the world's largest Romanesque church once belonged to a Benedictine abbey, built in the 11th century to...Read More

  • 3. Cathédrale Ste-Cécile

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the most unusual and dazzling churches in France, the huge Cathédrale Ste-Cécile (also known as Cathedrale d'Albi), with its intimidating...Read More

  • 4. La Cité de Carcassonne

    La Cité | Historic District/Site

    La Cité de Carcassonne is the original fortified part of the town, often first glimpsed as a fairy-tale-like castle floating on a distant hilltop...Read More

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  • 5. Musée d'Art Moderne

    Museum/Gallery

    Some of the town landscapes captured in paintings by Picasso, Gris, Dufy, Braque, Chagall, Masson, and others are on view in this fine museum. ...Read More

  • 6. Musée Toulouse-Lautrec

    Museum/Gallery

    In a garden designed by the renowned André Le Nôtre, creator of the "green geometries" at Versailles, the landmark Palais de la Berbie (Berbie...Read More

  • 7. Abbaye de St-Michel de Cuxa

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the gems of the Pyrénées, this medieval abbey's sturdy, crenellated bell tower is visible from afar. The remains of its cloisters are...Read More

  • 8. Ancien Collège de Périgord

    Educational Institution

    The wooden gallerylike structure on the street side of the courtyard is the oldest remnant of a 14th-century residential college. ...Read More

  • 9. Ancienne Cathédrale St-Nazaire

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Rebuilt over several centuries after the sack of Béziers, the cathedral's western facade resembles a fortress for good reason—it served as a...Read More

  • 10. Antigone

    Neighborhood/Street

    At the far-east end of the city loop, Montpellier seems to transform itself into a futuristic metropolis designed in one smooth, low-slung postmodern...Read More

  • 11. Arc de Triomphe

    Building/Architectural Site

    Looming majestically over the peripheral highway that loops around the city center, this enormous arch is the centerpiece of the Peyrou. Designed...Read More

  • 12. Capitole/Hôtel de Ville

    Government Building

    The 18th-century Capitole is home to the Hôtel de Ville and the city's highly regarded opera company; the reception rooms are open to the public...Read More

  • 13. Cathédrale St-Étienne

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The cathedral was erected in stages between the 13th and the 17th century, though the nave and choir languished unfinished because of a lack...Read More

  • 14. Cathédrale St-Jean

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Note the frilly wrought-iron campanile and dramatic medieval crucifix on the Cathédrale St-Jean. ...Read More

  • 15. Cathédrale St-Just-et-St-Pasteur

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The town's former wealth is evinced by the 14th-century Cathédrale St-Just-et-St-Pasteur—its vaulting rises 133 feet from the floor, making...Read More

  • 16. Cathédrale St-Pierre

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    After taking in the broad vistas of the promenade de Peyrou, cross over into the Vieille Ville and wander its maze of narrow streets full of...Read More

  • 17. Chapelle des Carmélites

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    All that remains of the Carmelite convent that once stood here is its chapel, begun in 1622 by King Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. Look up...Read More

  • 18. Château d'Eau

    Museum/Gallery

    This 19th-century water tower at the far end of the Pont Neuf, originally used to store water and build water pressure, is now the oldest public...Read More

  • 19. Château Royal

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    A slender jetty divides the Boramar Beach, beneath Notre-Dame-des-Anges, from the small landing area at the foot of the Château Royal. The castle...Read More

  • 20. Chemin du Fauvisme

    Historic District/Site

    Composed of narrow, cobbled streets and pretty houses, Collioure today is a living museum, as evidenced by the Chemin du Fauvisme (Fauvist Way...Read More

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