Toulouse and the Languedoc

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  • 1. Abbaye St-Martin du Canigou

    Visitors tackling a steep, mile-long climb from the parking area, come to make a pilgrimage—esthetic or spiritual—to this celebrated medieval abbey. It's one of the...Read More

  • 2. Basilique St-Sernin

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

  • 3. Cathédrale Ste-Cécile

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

  • 4. La Cité de Carcassonne

    La Cité

    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 when...Read More

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  • 5. Musée Toulouse-Lautrec

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

  • 6. Abbaye de St-Michel de Cuxa

    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 divine...Read More

  • 7. Ancienne Cathédrale St-Nazaire

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

  • 8. Antigone

    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 style. This...Read More

  • 9. Arc de Triomphe

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

  • 10. Capitole/Hôtel de Ville

    The 18th-century Capitole is home to the Hôtel de Ville and the city's highly regarded opera company. Halfway up the Grand Escalier (Grand Staircase) hangs...Read More

  • 11. Cathédrale St-Étienne

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

  • 12. Cathédrale St-Jean

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

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

    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 it the tallest cathedral in southern...Read More

  • 14. Cathédrale St-Pierre

    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...Read More

  • 15. Chapelle des Carmélites

    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....Read More

  • 16. Château Comtal

    La Cité

    The 12th-century château is the last inner bastion of Carcassonne. It has a drawbridge and a museum, the Musée Lapidaire, where medieval stone sculptures unearthed...Read More

  • 17. Château Royal

    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 served as...Read More

  • 18. Chemin du Fauvisme

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

  • 19. Cloître St-Salvi

    From the central square and parking area in front of the Palais de la Berbie, walk to the 11th- to 15th-century college and Cloître de...Read More

  • 20. Église de la Madeleine

    The heavily restored church, with its distinctive octagonal tower, was the place where the infamous 1209 massacre began. Some 7,000 townspeople, who had sought refuge...Read More

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