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Montpellier Cathedral

Behind the fortress-like façade of this medieval church is a collection of biblical artworks and a striking-looking organ from the 18th century.

Montpellier Cathedral is a large 14th-century Gothic church in the center of the old city. With its towers, turrets and ramparts, the building resembles a medieval fortress. Its full name is Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier and it became a cathedral in 1536. The structure was heavily damaged in the Wars of Religion and rebuilt in the 17th century. It is the only church in Montpellier’s historic area to have survived the war.

Before going inside, tour the impressive exterior and look for the gargoyles that were embedded in the 17th and 19th centuries. See the magnificent porch, supported by two mammoth columns, that once bore the coat of arms of Pope Urban V who consecrated the church in 1367. 

Browse the many works of art hanging from the interior walls. One of the most famous is Sebastien Bourdon’s 17th-century painting The Fall of Simon Magus. Admire the stained-glass windows with their colorful depictions of biblical scenes. Appreciate the vastness of the interior with its high vaulted ceilings and grand stone archways.

Gaze at the impressive-looking organ that dates from 1776. There are 140 visible pipes, but more than 5,000 are hidden from view. See the figures of angels playing instruments on each of the organ’s five turrets. Every Saturday, from June to September, the cathedral hosts free organ concerts featuring national and international artists. Details are available on its website. 

Visit the cathedral’s many chapels for their paintings, statues and richly decorated altars. 

Montpellier Cathedral is open daily from morning until early evening, although it closes for a couple of hours during lunchtime. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. Religious services are conducted here on most days.

Situated in the historic center of the city, the cathedral is easy to reach by public transport. Among the nearby attractions to visit while you are in the neighborhood are Peyrou Park, the Jardin des Plantes de Montpellier and the Place de la Comédie.


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Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch ¥10,860
Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch

Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch

11 rue Pagezy, Montpellier, Herault
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Montpellier City-Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Babotte's Tower, Comedy Square, and Place de la Comedie. Fabre Museum and La Promenade du Peyrou are also within 15 minutes. Montpellier Saint-Roch Station is only a 2-minute walk and Rondelet Tram Station is 5 minutes.

    Citadines Antigone Montpellier ¥6,663
    Citadines Antigone Montpellier

    Citadines Antigone Montpellier

    588 Boulevard d'Antigone, Montpellier, Herault
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Antigone, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of FNAC Montpellier and Place de la Comedie. Comedy Square and Fabre Museum are also within 15 minutes. Leon Blum Tram Station is only a 2-minute walk and Antigone Tram Station is 4 minutes.

      Crowne Plaza Montpellier - Corum ¥10,125
      Crowne Plaza Montpellier - Corum

      Crowne Plaza Montpellier - Corum

      190 Rue D'argencourt, Montpellier, Herault
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Antigone, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Corum Convention Center, Fabre Museum, and Place de la Comedie. Comedy Square and La Promenade du Peyrou are also within 1 mi (2 km). Corum Tram Stop is only a 5-minute walk and Les Aubes Tram Station is 8 minutes.

        Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier ¥12,194
        Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier

        Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier

        3 rue Clos René, Montpellier, Herault
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Opera National Orchestra of Montpellier, Comedy Square, and Place de la Comedie. Fabre Museum and La Promenade du Peyrou are also within 15 minutes. Comedie Tram Station and Hotel de Ville Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Best Western Plus Hotel Comedie Saint-Roch ¥6,400
          Best Western Plus Hotel Comedie Saint-Roch

          Best Western Plus Hotel Comedie Saint-Roch

          6 et 8, rue Jules Ferry, Montpellier, Herault
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Montpellier City-Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Babotte's Tower, Comedy Square, and Fabre Museum. La Promenade du Peyrou and Botanical Garden are also within 15 minutes. Montpellier Saint-Roch Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hotel de Ville Tram Station is 4 minutes.

            Grand Hôtel du Midi Montpellier - Opéra Comédie ¥11,650
            Grand Hôtel du Midi Montpellier - Opéra Comédie

            Grand Hôtel du Midi Montpellier - Opéra Comédie

            22 Boulevard Victor Hugo, Montpellier, Herault
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is steps from Opera National Orchestra of Montpellier, Comedy Square, and Place de la Comedie. Fabre Museum and La Promenade du Peyrou are also within 15 minutes. Comedie Tram Station and Montpellier Saint-Roch Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Hotel Royal ¥7,839
              Hotel Royal

              Hotel Royal

              8 Rue Maguelone, Montpellier, Herault
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Babotte's Tower, Comedy Square, and Place de la Comedie. Fabre Museum and La Promenade du Peyrou are also within 15 minutes. Montpellier Saint-Roch Station is only a 2-minute walk and Comedie Tram Station is 3 minutes.

                Odalys City Montpellier Les Occitanes ¥6,886
                Odalys City Montpellier Les Occitanes

                Odalys City Montpellier Les Occitanes

                20 Rue de la République, Montpellier, Herault
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Montpellier City-Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Babotte's Tower, Comedy Square, and Place de la Comedie. Fabre Museum and La Promenade du Peyrou are also within 15 minutes. Rondelet Tram Station and Montpellier Saint-Roch Station are within a 5-minute walk.