Established in 1641 on the grounds of St Catherine's convent, the Ursuline Convent was particularly renowned for the ... More
Couvent des Ursulines
Established in 1641 on the grounds of St Catherine's convent, the Ursuline Convent was particularly renowned for the education of young ladies. Later the convent was replaced by a women's detention center. For several years the building has been used as a choreography center and a concert venue. Next to the convent at the bottom of the Rue de l'Universite, the Porte de la Blanquerrie was erected in 1785 on the site of the ancient 14th-century gateway to the walled city. Its name is derived from the word blanquierres meaning "tanneries" as these once lined the nearby Quai du Verdanson.
Visited Montpellier in 2006 and a free film festival opened for a week while we were there. there were free films on offer around Montpellier, and the old Ursuline Convent provided a nightly venue under the stars. It was a great experience - although way too many SMOKERS puffing through the movie - even in the open-air it makes others gag. Ironically the film we saw was EASY RIDER - very strange to see that within a convent's walls - and it was well-attended and well-received. it was in English with French subs.
The convent is gorgeous - as is all of the very old town of Montpellier.
Situated between the train station, the historic city center and the Polygone shopping center, this immense, pedestrianized square is the
heart and soul of Montpellier. Deriving its name from the first theater built in the 18th Century on the ...
Once the summer residence of the local, impressionist painter Frederic Bazille (1841 1870), this family property is now a city
park. The house and garden are not open to the public, but the 12 hectares (29 acres) of parkland, ...
The building whose Corinthian columns face out on to the Avenue Foch was completed in 1853. The palace occupies a
site long associated with power and justice. In the 12th Century, Guilhem VI built his castle on the site ...