Visit Rieux-Volvestre (Midi-Pyrenees, France)
The town of Rieux-Volvestre, to the south-west of Toulouse, is a very scenic small town in a picturesque setting and with several buildings of interest to discover.
The centre of the town is largely built in the small red bricks typical of the region round Toulouse, adding to its charm.
There is a car park at the end of the Pont Lajous, ideally situated as a starting point to explore the highlights in the town. There is a cemetery at the northern end of the bridge, in a position where a castle once stood. From the northern end of the 17th century bridge there are also attractive views along the river Arize and the cathedral.
The main cluster of important buildings is found at the end of this bridge, as is the tourist office. As you enter the square you will see an imposing colombage house on your left, which was once home to several of the bishops of the town.
Next to this house is the 'ancien seminaire', now home to the Town hall and dating from the 15th century. Part of this building now contains a small local museum with several artefacts of interest.
On the other side of the same square is the Cathedral of Saint-Mary. The cathedral was built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier chapel, of which a small part of the walls can still be seen.
The arched entrance and the octagonal tower are the main features of interest of the cathedral - the lower part of the tower dates from the 14th century while the ornate upper three stories with gargoyles and open arches were added in the 17th century.
Adjacent to the cathedral is the Evêche and the Valtan Tower, also from the 15th century (now in use as a medical centre).
Following along Rue de l'Ort (opposite the Evêche) you reach the convent and park of the Jacobins, dating from the 16th century and at one time the dormitory for the convent and pass other colombage houses.
From the far end of the park take the lane called Courtiou for views across to the second bridge in Rieux-Volvestre, the Pont d'Auriac, with the small Chapel Notre Dame featuring some frescoes.
Returning to the town centre along Rue d'Auriac you will see the 15th century market hall, and a house in the same square built in the 17th century featuring several busts representing Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, Poseidon, Saturn and Bacchus.
From here you can turn left and return to your starting point in Rieux-Volvestre.
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Address: Montesquieu-Volvestre, Muret, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees, 31310 || GPS: latitude 43.258333, longitude 1.198056
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Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Rieux-Volvestre, France
- Saint-Lizier - most beautiful village (29km)
- Saint Lizier cathédrale (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (29km)
- Pyrenees Ariegeoises - regional natural parc (34km)
- Audressein Église Notre-Dame de Tramesaygues (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (39km)
- Toulouse Hotel-Dieu St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (43km)
- Jardin Royal de Toulouse - remarkable garden (43km)
- Canal du Midi - heritage site (43km)
- Jardin japonais de Toulouse - remarkable garden (43km)
- Toulouse - town of art and history (43km)
- Toulouse basilique St Sernin (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (44km)
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