The Garonnette was an ancient branch of the Garonne River that separated the island of Tounis from the Daurade quay. The ... More
The Garonnette was an ancient branch of the Garonne River that separated the island of Tounis from the Daurade quay. The river ran through this square (which is lower than the rest of the city), and gave it its name. The Tounis bridge, parallel to the quay, crossed over this narrow branch of water; it was built in 1528, which makes it the oldest bridge in Toulouse. The Garonnette dried up during the First World War, when a hydroelectric factory was built upriver. Further urbanization after the Second World War gave the neighborhood its present appearance. In the 19th century, this was a lively, bucolic neighborhood; even if that golden age is now long gone, and parking lots have replaced the water, it remains one of the most haunting places in the city.
Formerly the head office of the old town magistrates, the city hall is impressive, with its white marble columns all
along the front. Today it houses the Capitole Theatre and the Town Hall. As you go through the Henri ...
Built at the top of a vast terraced park, the best preserved château in Toulouse is now home to the
Lycee Bellevue (a school for 15 to 18 year olds). Dating from the turn of the 19th century, the ...
Toulouse's abattoir, which closed in 1988, is now a museum. Paintings, sculptures, and photographs by more than 700 artists from
all over the world are on permanent exhibition. Always original, sometimes shocking, the works captivate the public; particularly enchanting ...