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Toulouse Capitole and its great men

Fermat bust | Don-vip / CC-BY-SA
City hall Toulouse Capitole

Raised on a temple dedicated to Jupiter, capitouls (kind of mayors) from Toulouse moved here: the Capitole became the city hall, which was rebuilt in the 18th century.

In 1739, Guillaume Cammas, painter and architect, entirely refit out the building.

The façade dates back to 1750: sculptures were made by Louis Parant, from Carcassonne (allegories of Strength, Justice, Tragedy and Comedy).

Come here; the first courtyard is Henri IV's courtyard, with a king statue: in his reign, duke de Montmonrency was executed here!

Henri II de Montmorency, admiral and marshal of France, plotted against cardinal of Richelieu...

Let’s take the staircase, leading to the first gallery, the salle des Pas Perdus, then to a second one, the salle des Illustres: in this one, busts of great men from Languedoc are waiting for us:

  • Théodoric I, king of Toulouse, who expelled Romans and king of Hans Attila himself
  • Count of Toulouse Raymond de Saint-Gilles, a knight who fought in the first crusade
  • Guillaume de Nogaret, king Philip the Fair's councillor
  • Duke d'Epernon Jean-Louis de Nogaret de La Valette, king Henri III’s minion
  • Mathematician Pierre de Fermat
  • Architect Nicolas Bachelier (he raised the Assézat town house in Toulouse)...

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