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The Garonne river banks, from right to left bank

Focus on the river Garonne with an itinerary course embellished with remarkable urban sceneries and some artistic discoveries accompanying this classical Toulouse identity showplace.

Starting point: Saint-Cyprien-République underground station.
Length: 2,7 kilometres.
Estimated time: half-day.

Bords de Garonne

1 The Centre de l’Affiche

This community centre exhibits on a regular basis its rich collection of graphic art including posters, post cards and specialized books.

2 The Abattoirs Museum

The former city's public slaughterhouse, built between 1826 and 1833, is now dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The museum owns a collection of over 3,500 pieces displayed on a rotation basis, including a monumental stage curtain painted by Picasso.

3 The Rampart

Along the Raymond VI Garden, you may still spot the curtain walls and the towers of the former city walls which date back to the beginning of the 16th century.

4 The Viguerie foot walks

Hanging from the La Grave front and over the water, these 140 metres long foot walk links the Raymond VI Garden to the Viguerie Harbour.

5 La Grave

La Grave was a house of refuge for plague victims until it became a hospital. Saint-Joseph Chapel (18th century) strikes out from the rest of the site due to its impressive copper dome.

6 Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques

The former Hôtel-Dieu gave shelter in the 12th century to paupers, orphans and St. James pilgrims. Within its walls, two museums are dedicated to history and medical instruments.

7 The Château d'Eau

Starting in 1822, it was under the request of "capitoul" representative Charles Laganne that was built a water tank to collect the river Garonne water with the aim of distributing it to the town's water fountains. Since 1974, it has become a gallery dedicated to photography, created under the initiative of Jean Dieuzaide.

8 The Prairie des Filtres

Thanks to the sediments brought in by the river, the site was used for a long time to filter well water to make it drinkable for the town's inhabitants. Today, this garden is mostly appreciated by Toulouse citizens for its environment and for the special events taking place there (festival Rio Loco, Toulouse Plages...).

9 The Pont Neuf

Stretched over the river since the 16th century to give a better access to both river banks, its construction lasted nearly a hundred years. Thanks to its large overflow holes easing the water flow without putting pressure on the construction, the bridge has withstood over time the river Garonne's most catastrophic floods. It offers a beautiful general overview of the river and its banks.

10 The Fine Arts Academy

Located on the right bank, the Fine Arts Academy is made of ancient buildings part of the former Daurade Convent. The 19th century beautiful stone frontage, signed by Esquié, is carrying out an allegory of arts (engraving, painting, architecture and sculpture). Limited access.

11 Notre-Dame-de-la-Daurade Basilica

The decoration of the 6th century church gave its name to the current building "deaurata" meaning "gold coated". The temple looking façade is from the 19th century. Inside, one may see a black Virgin Mary, dressed in lavish dresses that vary according to religious festivities.

12 The Embankments

A typical meeting point, the river embankments, located below the town level, are bordered by a brick wall, a testimony of the 18th century city planning and urban improvement operations.

13 Saint-Pierre Lock and Canal de Brienne

The Canal de Brienne makes its junction with the Canal du Midi and the river Garonne. Listed as a World Heritage site, it is lined up with century old sycamores and consists of two remarkable constructions: oval-shaped Saint-Pierre Lock, and the port of the river mouth, adorned with a Carrara marble low relief.

14 EDF Bazacle area

Built on the site of former watermills, this active hydro-electrical power plant also features some exhibit grounds as well as a specific scenic view area overlooking the river Garonne (terrace and fish ladder).