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The Capitole is the heart of the city of Toulouse, both the seat of political power - it has served as the city hall since its construction in 1190 - and the home of the Toulouse Opera. The history of the building dates back to the end of the 12th century when the first chapter of consuls of the city - called the capitouls - chose this location far from the castle and astride the rampart that separated the merchant city from the town of Saint-Sernin. They acquired land to house the administrative services, the archives, the prison, the meeting and reception rooms (Grand and Petit Consistoire). Century after century, they enlarged the common house until it looked like a palace.

TheCapitol dungeon , a former archive and powder tower, hence its defensive aspect with watchtowers and machicolations, housed the Petit Consistoire on the first floor, and since 1948, the reception desk of the Toulouse tourist office. The construction dates from 1525-1526. The belfry look with its astonishing slate roof is due to Viollet-le-Duc who restored it between 1873 and 1875.

The Henri IV courtyard, surrounded by arcades (1602-1607), is decorated with a Renaissance portal by Nicolas Bachelier (1546), surmounted by a marble sculpture representing the King of France. One can see the different coats of arms of the families of the capitouls. A plaque on the floor recalls the decollation of the Duke of Montmorency on October 30, 1632.

The reception rooms. The monumental staircase decorated with a painting by Jean-Paul Laurens illustrating the First Tournament of the Floral Games, May 3, 1324, leads to the reception rooms. The first room on the first floor, known as the Paul Gervais room, was used as a wedding hall. The cycle of paintings illustrates the Allegories of Love at twenty, forty and sixty and the idyllic Island of Cythera where Aphrodite lived. The second room is decorated with ten paintings by Henri Martin. They represent on one side The Banks of the Garonne (where members of his family and friends, including Jean Jaurès, are portrayed) and on the other The Four Seasons. Finally, the Salle des Illustres is a long gallery, 68 m long, open on the main façade, decorated with busts of famous people from local history. At each end are two paintings, The Siege of Toulouse by Simon de Montfort in 1218 by Jean-Paul Laurens and The Arrival in Toulouse of Pope Urban II by Benjamin Constant. The architect Pujol was greatly inspired by the Farnese Gallery in Rome. It is now used as a reception and wedding hall.

The facade is 168 m long. In neoclassical style (1750-1760), it alternates brick and stone. The 8 pink marble columns represent the 8 capitouls who ruled the city on the eve of the French Revolution. Their coats of arms can be found on the balconies. The right part of the building is dedicated to the Toulouse Opera.

The 12,000m2 square is used for political, cultural and sporting events. In its center, the Languedoc cross, also called Occitan cross, is the work of Raymond Moretti (1997). Unfinished project of a royal square, it was not until the 19th century that the whole was completed with brick buildings designed by the architect Virebent and occupied by large cafés such as Le Bibent or Le Florida. Under the arcades, 29 silkscreens by Moretti tell the great moments of local history.

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Open all year round. Access to its historical rooms, free entrance. Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 7pm; Sunday and public holidays from 10am to 7pm. Closed (in case of ceremony on Saturdays), December 25th and January 1st.

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laurepapaix
5/5
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LA place de Toulouse
Bâtiment emblématique de la ville rose ! Venez boire un café sous les arcades pour admirer ce beau paysage !
etoiles78
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Incontournable
Un incontournable lors de ma visite à Toulouse, je ne me voyais pas passer à côté de la place du Capitole sans y aller ! Très joli de jour comme de nuit :)
loic-alex
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Visited in december 2019
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I.N.C.O.N.T.O.U.R.N.A.B.L.E
La base de Toulouse, la ville Rose.
Place magnifique, aux couleurs de sa ville. Incontournable comme écrit dans le titre !
Avec tout un tas de restaurants de diverses cultures et des boutiques à foison.
Je joins une petite photo souvenir de Noël.
Chris183144
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Visited in february 2020
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Le centre de Toulouse
Quel plaisir de se retrouver sur la place du Capitole à Toulouse.
Une grande harmonie des bâtiments qui l'entourent.... Et une lumière si particuliere... Ambiance !
Juliednr
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Visited in may 2019
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Place incontournable
Visite de cette place incontournable de jour comme de nuit !
Marion8131
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Visited in august 2019
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Mythique
La place mythique toulousaine au sein de son centre ville de pierre rose et entouré de ses cafés bistrots. Le charme est d’autant plus présent quand un troubadour y laisse planer sa musique !
lorraine31
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Visited in november 2018
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Un lieu majestueux
Impossible de passer par Toulouse sans visiter la Place du Capitole, avec ses arcades et ses terrasses. Une des plus belles places de France!
(poivre)
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Visited in april 2019
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Emblématique du centre ville
On ne peut pas le rater sur la place du capitole et il ne faut pas hésiter à rentrer dans la cour et monter à l'étage visiter la salle des illustres...
Marine Bruna-rosso
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Visited in august 2019
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Immanquable
Magnifique bâtiment emblématique de la ville et de son histoire. Les places des deux côtés du bâtiment permettent de se reposer agréablement sur un banc en admirant le capitole.
Vierzon
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Visited in april 2019
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Un incontournable
Ne pas aller à Toulouse sans visiter ce magnifique édifice au centre de la ville rose
Entrée gratuite
bobo444
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Visited in may 2019
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Le coeur de toulouse
Cet place, centrale de toulouse, est le véritable coeur de la ville. Place de célébration et contestation , à faire absolument rien pour que les facades
TotallyChacha
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Visited in april 2019
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Une belle visite
En visite pour une journée sur la ville rose, nous nous sommes cantonnés au centre de la ville. La visite du Capitole s’est donc évidemment imposée. La visite en vaut vraiment la peine. D’une part, l’accès est gratuit, mais en plus, les salles sont magnifiques. Des fresques mettant en scène l’amour, la poésie, l’histoire de la ville... c’est à ne pas manquer.
laurence31
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Visited in march 2019
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Le centre du monde pour les toulousains
La place du Capitole est à Toulouse ce que la tour Eiffel est à Paris. Tout se passe sur cette place, les bonnes choses, comme les carnavals, les concerts de la fête de la musique et les mauvaises comme les manifestations sous le bureau du maire. Il ne faut pas rater les arcades et ses fresques au plafond, la croix occitane au centre de la place. Il faut flâner tout autour de la place pour l'architecture et s'enfoncer dans la ville par les petites rues de tous les côtés. Incontournable.
fute_353007
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Visited in february 2019
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LA place symbole de Toulouse.
Vous pouvez y voir participer aux rassemblements lors des évènements sportifs, des concerts, faire un tour sur le marché.
A ne pas louper lors d'une visite de la ville et, dès que le temps le permet, profiter des terrasses en face du Capitole.
frustignole
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Visited in february 2019
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un incontournable
Qui ne va pas sur la place du capitole lors d'une visite de toulouse ? Coeur de la ville, il faut aller voir son architecture extérieure et intérieure.

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