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Montauban
May 2, 2008
Pete's Pics > Montauban
 
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The Montauban Chamber of Commerce occupies these elegant quarters at the south end of the old town


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Like so many street in France, the square where the cathedral stands is now called Place Franklin Roosevelt - the former honoree, presumably, has been assigned to obscurity. These buildings are typical of those around the square


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The somewhat austere Cathedral Notre Dame was ordered by Louis XIV in 1692 in reaction to the Protestant heresy. Finished in 1732, the four apostles look down from above the portico


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Inside the church, this retired apostle looked fairly 'armless so I asked Marian to get the measure of him. He certainly was a big fellow!


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The church interior had a bright and clean feel


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The ceiling also sported pastel shades making for a cool and relaxed atmosphere


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The altar and choir continued the light and airy mood


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Even the pulpit looked fairly unthreatening compared to some of the hell-fire and damnation monstrosities seen in older churches


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A side chapel


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A few hundred yards away from the cathedral is the Place Nationale which formed the heart of the original bastide in the 12th century when Montauban was first built


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The pink stone is characteristic of the area and the current buildings date from the 17th century when they were rebuilt following a fire


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The square itself provides an impression of warmth and it is surrounded by these restaurant and retail filled elegant arcades, that provide protection from inclement weather


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Much older than the cathedral is the church of Saint-Jacques, a fortified structure dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. The huge Gothic tower can be seen from many locations


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Started in 1230, renovated and enlarged in the 15th century, partly destroyed in 1561 and last worked over in 1739, Saint Jacques appears to be hovering on the edge of obsolescence


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Just west of Saint Jacques, by the side of the river is the Victor Brun Natural History Museum


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Across the street from the museum is this war memorial. Typical of such French productions, melodrama is the prime ingredient


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Methinks that some of the restoration projects go a little overboard. Numerous sidewalks in Montauban are being "mosaiced" with millions of tiny stones as shown here. Get a life! Those trotters at the top of the picture are genuine


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Pont Vieux (Old Bridge) crosses the river Tarn and is alleged to date from 1335. Looks likely that it has had a few facelifts over the years and almost certainly was not a four lane highway 700 years ago


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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, born at Montauban in 1780, was a notable French painter. The Musee Ingres houses many of his works although they don't seem too well known outside of France. This flamboyant memorial suggests another effete French artist with a God complex
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