Insider's Guide to Toulouse

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  • Address: Place du Capitole
  • Admission: Free
Place du Capitole, a huge pedestrianized open space in the heart of Toulouse, serves as the main city square. Flanked by grand municipal buildings, the square includes the long neo-classical facade of Capitole, the city hall, built in the 1750s. Cafes also cluster around the edge of the massive square, which hosts outdoor markets and is floodlit at night.

Along with administrative functions, the pink brick Capitole building also houses the Théâtre du Capitole opera house, as well as the Salles des Illustres, which includes many 19th-century paintings of the city’s famous citizens.

On the square’s western side is a series of roofed arcades; look up as you stroll to see the history of Toulouse represented on the ceiling panels, from prehistoric times through today’s aeronautics industry.

Practical Info

Place du Capitole is in the Old Quarter, served by the Capitole metro.

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