Place du Capitole, Toulouse

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    Place du Capitole...

    by iaint Written Mar 20, 2014
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    ... or plaça del Capitòli in Occitan.

    The civic centre of the city.

    You have the Capitole on the east side and the arcade with brasseries etc on the west.

    A market - general goods - operates in the square during the day.

    The cafés have large outdoor seating areas, and are favoured spots to hang out while enjoying (for example) a drink before dinner - the apéro beloved of locals.

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    Place du Capitole

    by gwened Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    the place to be in Toulouse, all major events takes place here and where the people express themselves. The plaza is beautifully architecturally,and plenty of restos and stores all around this area.

    See the donjon just by the passage behind and the salles des illustres. There is a nice theater too as well as serving as hotel de ville or mayor's office

    the history
    The capitouls decide in 1676 to the creation of a Place Royale; in order to bypass the Parliament of Toulouse, who opposes the project, they include in the plan of the square a statue of Louis XIV, who gives him his agreement. Started in 1730, fifteen years after the death of Louis XIV, which no doubt explains that the statue has never seen the day; following the renovation of the facade of the Capitol in 1739, it was decided to enlarge the place; work began in 1750. The present square was fully cleared only in 1792.

    Over the political history of the city, the place was named successively Place Royale and Place de la Liberté (under the Revolution), Place Commune, Town Hall square and Place Impériale (from 1812), and finally Place du Capitole in 1848. The name of the place d'armes is dated a troubled period (the events of the years 1790-1800 and including the royalist insurrection). Cannons were placed on the square as well as hundreds of men and horsemen. There were up to several thousands of men on the place d'armes and, despite an area smaller than that of the place du Capitole of today

    The place was completed in the middle of the 19C (1850). The facade of one of these buildings has eight columns symbolizing the first eight capitouls. It was built so that the southern part facing the street Saint-Rome in 1809 that is then accessible a few months later (1812), it's 'Saint Martial' sector. Then the work of the North overlooking the rue du Taur start from 1823. The part West, conducted from 1850 to 1852,design after a change in the alignment of Virebent plan: the facade is lengthened (to align with the Capitol) and equipped with arches inspired by the rue de Rivoli in Paris. The three sets of facades are, like the Capitol, white-coated and find their origin in 1951 brick color. The forecourt is to him ended in 1972 after the completion of the underground car park. It took its current name in 1848.

    The square has been the subject of a recent renovation and is decorated with an Occitan cross representing the 12 signs of the Zodiac, 12 months of the year and the 12 hours of the day . A brief stint under each of the tables will teach violence and the beauty of the Toulouse history. Twenty-nine tables colorful and sharp retrace the great hours of the life of Toulouse. These frescoes were completed in 1997.

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    Tourism Office of Toulouse

    by GentleSpirit Updated Oct 10, 2013

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    The main office of Tourism is located in the Donjon of the Capitole, basically in the rear of the building right by the entrance to the Metro station.

    They stocked a reasonable assortment of brochures that were available for free. Please note however that most of the brochures were in French or Spanish, relatively little was available in English.

    They had agents there available to answer questions, they were quite helpful.

    There was a small giftshop and you could buy the Toulouse Pass there as well.

    note- their website is pretty good, particularly with designing a tour around toulouse with distances.
    There were no free apps for iphone/android available however.

    please note also that the tourist office didn't seem to place great importance to answering email.

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    Place du Capitole

    by GentleSpirit Written Oct 10, 2013

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    The Capitole is the huge town hall, occupying a total area of 2 hectares. The most recent redesign renovation in 1995 made the place pedestrian only. It is an imposing place for sure.

    The NeoClassical building that you see today was the design of of Guillame Cammas (1750), though later additions were done as well. Viollet le Duc, famous for his work at Carcassonne and Notre Dame made some additions in the late 1800's.

    The facade is 135 meters long and late in the afternoon it has a beautiful glow from the brick. The 8 marble pillars symbolize the eight capitouls that once ruled Toulouse.

    The Capitole is also home to the National Theatre and Opera House. You can visit the Salle de Illustres, I was not able to the day I went because it was being rented out for a function.

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    Le Donjon du Capitol

    by black_mimi99 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This Building connected by two Henri IV Gates In the courtyard of Capitole.
    In 1525, the sheriffs decide to build a new tower on the site of an ancient tower of defense to keep the archives of the city. this place is destined to this use until 1946.

    In early 19th century, the tower was restored by Viollet-le-Duc, who restored turrets and gave him the appearance of the belfry. Since 1946, the tourist office is in the Donjon install.

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    Le Grand Escalier

    by black_mimi99 Written May 10, 2010

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    In the last quarter of the eighteenth century, was built a grand staircase leading to the hall of fame. He was replaced in 1912 by the current staircase while the wall decoration was entrusted to the painter Toulouse Jean-Paul Laurens and his son, Peter and Paul Albert.

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    La Salle des Illustres

    by black_mimi99 Written May 10, 2010

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    The gallery offers a dozen tables: The entrance of Pope Urban II at Toulouse, in my 1096 Benjamin Constant (1900) The defense of Toulouse against Simon de Montfort JP Laurens, Lauragais JP. Laurens, La Belle Paule on the balcony of Henri Rachou, the entrance of General Dupuy Caire Rixens ...

    The accompanying set of these tables, twelve busts including those of General Caffarelli Empire and Pierre-Paul Riquet, the father of the Canal du Midi

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    La Salle Henri-Martin

    by black_mimi99 Updated May 10, 2010

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    At the right, quartre tables on the banks of the Garonne. The largest of them, the dreamers, watch Jean Jaures cap a straw hat, a beige overcoat, in the midst of local celebrities of the era whose painted itself (above)

    Left four panels represent the seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
    In addition, busts immortalize Nicolas Bachelier, architect and sculptor; Cujas jurisconssulte, Pierre de Fermat, mathematician ....

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    Place du Capitole

    by Redang Updated Apr 25, 2010

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    The Place du Capitole (Capitol Square) was begun in the 18th century and the works finished in 1.851.

    Le Capitole (second, third anf fourth pics), is tha City Hall and it houses the Théâtre Nationale du Capitole.

    It is possible to visit it for free.

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    Place du Capitole - Briques roses/ pink bricks

    by black_mimi99 Written Apr 24, 2010

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    Located in the city’s main square. The Capitole is the 18th century city hall of Toulouse and best known landmark in the city. This impressive building started out life as the headquarters of the city's magistrates. Le Capitole is home to the Théâtre Nationale du Capitole and is also Toulouse's City Hall (build in the early 1750s). The building is open to the public. The eight pink marble columns really admired me, and then we can go onto explore the Hall of Fame with busts of local celebrities, and stroll through the courtyard where the works of local 19th-century artists are on display.

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    Outside the Capitole

    by hquittner Written Aug 23, 2009

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    The Facade & Theater (Opera) At the South End
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    The Capitole is a long building (128m) whose facade was built in 1750 by G. Cammas, to conceal the buildings behind it. Most were later demolished. Remarkably, it achieves its function and provides symbolism and backdrop. Within the building, to the north, is the Hotel de Ville. Running East-West at the center is an arcaded courtyard with an entry at either end emptying into the Pace du Capitole Westward and the Square Chas. de Gaulle to the East. The South part of the structure contains the Theater which houses the Opera and the Symphony Orchestra.The east facade was completed in 1883 as a simpler version of the west one.(Some interiors of merit have been painted by Henri Martin, a native son, and others were also commissioned in the late 19C but we did not enter to see them)..

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    The Town Square

    by hquittner Written Aug 23, 2009

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    The Place du Capitole is a large rectangular space (12000 square meters) just West of the long building of the same name. The space overlies a large parking garage which can be entered only at the southwest corner. In the pavement of the square is a large brass Occitan Cross. Aside from some candelabra-like lampposts the square has no other decoration, but it is called the living-room of the city. Rarely presentations are made from the Capitole balcony (Napoleon, Chas. de gaulle, the winning International Rugby Team), but it is used for political and other public demonstrations. Street vendors and performers and everyone else walk by. Off season it is almost deserted, except for markets on the weekend. The square is made distinctive by being enclosed by a bank of red brick buildings of equal height, on each side of the square built in the 19C. The last group , on the south (1851) have an arcade running beneath (furnished in 1997 with a set of colorful(?) frescos by R. Moretti, who created the cross in the pavement. The idea of striping the buildings came with the arcades in 1855. So popular has this trademark become that when McDonald’s obtained a place at the NE corner (next to the Hotel de Ville), they were not permitted to put up their colored yellow and red logo. Beside this famous fast-food, there are 3 good restaurants, with outdoor tables and 5 bars around the square (and 1 hotel).

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    Town Hall

    by mikey_e Written Dec 21, 2008

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    The Capitole is the seat of municipal administration for the city of Toulouse and the quintessential image of the city’s grandeur. The first Capitol was built at the end of the 12th century, but the current structure dates from the mid- to late 18th century, when the building was redesigned in a Neo-Classical style. The Henri IV Gate (which will take you from the Place du Capitole through to Place Jean-Juarès and the Tourist Office) is the only surviving mediaeval component of the structure. It is remarkable not just because of its age, but also because of the beautiful designs up high on the interior walls of the Gate. In the courtyard between the two Henri IV Gates (that is, the one that gives onto the Place du Capitole and the other one that gives onto the Place Jean-Juarès), the city occasionally organizes information campaigns about Toulouse’s history and culture. When I was visiting, there was a display about the colour blue and specifically the unique indigo dye made from a specific plant that grows near Toulouse.

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    The main Place

    by mikey_e Written Dec 21, 2008

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    Place du Capitole is probably the part of Toulouse that all visitors recognize with greatest ease. It is the massive square in the centre of the city bounded by the various sandstone buildings that give Toulouse its nickname as the Rose City. Most days, the Place is emptied of organized activity in the centre (it is ringed by outdoor cafés that are among the priciest in all of Toulouse) and is filled either with tourists, people just hanging about or various campaigners looking to solicit donations or raise awareness about one cause or another. The centre of the square is notable for the huge Occitan cross embedded in brass into the stones. On Saturdays, there is a huge market where you can buy fresh food, books, clothes and the like, while on Sunday there is a solitary baker who comes to sell delicious buns and pastries – these are definitely a good breakfast idea!

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    Place du "Cap"

    by Klod5 Written Aug 16, 2005

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    Place du Capitole, la nuit

    Aujourd'hui, ce lieu (la "place du Cap" comme disent les toulousains) reste encore un rendez-vous pour les toulousains, autour d'un marché (mercredi, samedi, mardi matins...), des animations artistiques et festives, des manifestation de revendication...
    Au mois de décembre, un "marché de Noël" laisse la part belle aux marchands du temple, nouvelles idoles de notre société de consommation.
    C'est aussi sur la place que les toulousains célèbrent chaque évènement important de leur vie : mariage, nouvel an, mais aussi victoires sportives...

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