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Heritage Walks - banks of the Garonne

The itinerary suggested offers the most beautiful views of the city and its river. Eighteen remarkable monuments are detailed here so that visitors can discover and arrive at a better understanding of the identity of Toulouse.


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The Ramier hydro-electric plant
19 avenue du Grand-Ramier
31400 Toulouse
France

Constructed from 1917 onwards between two branches of the Garonne, this illustrates the importance of this waterway as a source of energy, evidence of which can be seen in the many causeways that still bar the river.

This industrial building in brick and concrete is studded with great bay windows around its centre that look in on the machine room and its six turbines. The rendering simulates an alternating brick and stone pattern that is traditional of Toulouse’s architecture. The factory’s main function is to produce electricity to light the city of Toulouse thanks to a causeway that sits before it and ensures the plant’s efficiency by regulating the flow of the river. Still in operation, it is run by the municipal electricity company.

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