Pont Neuf or Grand Pont, the 16th-century bridge crosses the Garonne river in Toulouse.
The map view shows Toulouse a major city in southwestern France
. It is the capital of the Haute-Garonne department and the Midi-Pyrénées region, situated on the banks of the Garonne river, about 150 km (93 miles) from the Mediterranean Sea
and 230 km (143 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean. The region has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and cool winters.
Since ancient times the Garonne river was an essential means of transportation for the trade between the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean, and the coastal regions of the Atlantic Ocean. Rome occupied the area in the 2nd century BC and made the river port of Tolosa
a military outpost. In the 5th century, Tolosa was conquered by the Visigoths and became in the early 6th-century the capital of the Visigothic kingdom. In the 8th-century it became the capital of the kingdom of Aquitaine (a traditional region of France) and was a center of artistic and literary activity for Languedoc (a historical part of France) in medieval Europe.
Cité de l'espace in Toulouse, the space museum offers experiences like walking on the Moon, enter the MIR Space Station, or pilot a Soyuz spacecraft to somewhere.
Image: © Toulouse Tourist Office Official Website
Toulouse is known as "La Ville Rose" (pink city) because of the pinkish terracotta bricks used in many of the city's buildings.
France's fourth largest city has a population of about 458,000 residents, 1.3 million people live in its urban area (aire urbaine). Spoken language is French, and some Occitan (Langue d'oc) is still in use.
The city was always an important transportation hub due to its connection to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea by the Canal du Midi, but in the last decades, Toulouse evolved from a provincial capital to a center for education, business and high-tech industry. The city is home to the scientific Toulouse Space Center of CNES (the French Space Agency) and aerospace companies like Astrium, Spot Image and CLS-Argos Interspace.
Toulouse is also a key hub for Airbus. The company employs more than 21,000 people at its sites in the Toulouse area; this is about one-third of its total workforce. Airbus SAS has its headquarters near Toulouse–Blagnac Airport in Blagnac, a suburb of Toulouse.
Toulouse points of interest:
Basilica of St. Sernin, the former abbey church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Image: Sebastien Vialaneix
Musée des Augustins
) is the fine arts museum of the city of Toulouse.
) is a 16th-century palace that houses the Bemberg Foundation art gallery.
Muséum de Toulouse
) MHNT - the city's natural history museum is 'a museum at the crossroads of science, culture, education, and societal issues.'
) the archeological museum of Toulouse, opened in 1892, conserves and exhibits works from Mediterranean civilizations dating from Antiquity.
Georges Labit Museum
) displays East Asian and Egyptian art.
Basilica of St. Sernin
, the Romanesque former abbey church was consecrated in 1180; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
is a 13th-century Gothic-Romanesque cathedral and a national monument of France.
, the "New Bridge" is an old bridge, constructed in the 16th-century over the Garonne River.
Canal du Midi
is a canal initially constructed from Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea and named the Canal royal en Languedoc. The waterway was opened in 1681. The Canal du Midi
is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cité de l'espace
) is a Space Museum focused on the universe and the conquest of space.
In 2016 Toulouse was one of the host cities for the UEFA Euro 2016 football games, the venue of the event was the Stadium Municipal
, the largest multi-purpose stadium in the city.
The map shows a city map of Toulouse with expressways, main roads, and streets, and the location of Toulouse–Blagnac Airport
: TLS) located west-northwest of the city center.
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