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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.


The quayside and ports along the right bank
Quai de la Daurade
31000 Toulouse

The alluvial terrace, the birthplace of the city of Toulouse, have always provided embankments since its very beginnings. This whole area was regulated by Joseph-Marie de Saget and his project of major urban works undertaken between 1765 and 1789.

Quayside walls made of brick and two ports deeply altered the look of the right bank of the River Garonne, from the Pont-Neuf right up to Bazacle. It was intended to streamline the quayside in order to protect Toulouse from flooding and relaunch the local economy, which was in decline since the fall of the pastel trade. When it came to construction, Saget decided upon a regular style of architecture that was punctuated with arcades at ground level. The Revolution brought his project to a halt, but left a diverse range of façades as evidence of this time.

Dominique Viet