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Among the tall tower blocks that distinguish this far flung suburb of Montpellier, the public garden of the Mas de la Paillade (now an annex of the Town Hall) descends down to the banks of the Mosson. A small dam on the river allows the irrigation of the Fontcaude golf course situated on the other side of the Mosson. Numerous paths wind their way across the garden and one can lengthen the walk by following the nature trail across dry woodland to the north of the garden. The occasional sight of a heavily burdened hiker is explained the GR 653 long distance pathway which leaves Montpellier towards the distant gorges of St Guilhem le Désert and beyond.
The most sumptuous of all the 18th-century follies built near Montpellier used to stand near the banks of the river Mosson to the west of the city. Built from 1728 onwards by the state treasurer, Joseph Bonnier, the folly ruled over all competitors for 30 years until the ruin of its owner. Subsequently dismantled, a soap factory was later established on the site. The grounds were finally brought by the city in 1982. Of the original folly, only the elegant Venetian style central pavilion and a long, ornate water channel has survived.
One of many follies built near Montpellier, generally as country retreats for the rich notables of the 18th Century, this folly is unusually located in the center of the city. The château was built in 1770 for Joseph Philibert of Belleval, president of the Cour des Comptes, on what was before a farmstead called the Mas de Peyssine. Unfortunately it is not possible to visit the château, but one can still admire the architecture and then walk in the splendid park. An exceptional and relaxing setting for all the senses.
In the center of the village of Celleneuve (now engulfed by the surrounding city) stands one of Montpellier's oldest churches. Constructed during the 11th Century, this Romanesque church also bears the result of renovations and fortifications carried out during the 12th Century. Standing at a distance from the walled city, the church managed survive the troubles of the 16th and 17th Centuries - which destroyed so many religious buildings in the historic center of Montpellier - relatively unscathed.
This large tourist office offers a wide range of information on the entire Hérault region. Housed in a new building next to the Hôtel de Département, this information center has the advantage of receivig relatively few visitors and of being easily accessible by car, while also offering reservation and other services.
The Château d'O dates from the 18th Century. Even if it is not available for tours, visitors can still admire its architecture. The castle is located in a magnificent park, with gardens and a lake dominated by a stone gallery. Today the park belongs to the Conseil Général. The Château d'Alco, found on the same avenue, dates from 1730 and was constructed by Samuel Bonnier of Alco. The Conseil Général may own the place, but the gardens are accessible to visitors. These castles allow you to experience the architecture of the 18th Century and to admire the beautiful Languedoc countryside. Chàteau d'O also holds exhibitions at the Domaine d'O.
This is a city location for Muslim worship and other services.
Despite its remarkable similarity to the Roman Pont du Gard, this aqueduct was built in the 17th Century. The construction supplied water from the St Clemént spring 14 kilometers (eight miles) away to the water tower beneath the Promenade de Peyrou and allowed the embellishment of the city by numerous fountains. The city district beneath has been given the name les Arceaux because of the two levels of arches which support the water channel over the last 800 meters (2625 feet). An organic market (Tuesday & Saturday mornings), table-tennis tables, and regular games of pétanque, can be found underneath the arches.
This delightful little park lies between Avenue de la Gaillarde and Rue de Las Sorbes. It is dedicated to the local botanist Pierre Magnol who was director of the Jardin des Plantes in the 18th Century and to whom we owe the name Magnolia. If the many interesting species of magnolias, palms and maple-like liquidambars will be of particular interest to the amateur botanist, no botanical knowledge is required to appreciate the calm and beauty of this little known park.
The first work on this castle dates from the 18th Century and was undertaken by the Fredol family. Then Joachim Colbert of Croissy, bishop of Montpellier and nephew of Colbert, continued the work at the beginning of the 18th Century. The great entrance door is imposing and its exuberant decoration doesn't let you see at first sight the machicolations and arrow slits which protect the building. You can also linger in the chapel with its marble decorations. You can not visit the whole castle just the Salon de Musique (for information ask at the Town Hall) which is decorated with gypseries that are reminiscent of the Salon de Musique in the Chateau de la Mosson. You will find the Hofer Bury museum, which houses paintings and sculptures by artists of the region, in the park. It is free to visit the park.
Notre Dame de la Paix is a church that serves the local Catholic community in Montpellier. It was constructed in the 1960s. In addition to its spiritual functions, the church also presents classical and choral concerts.
Belonging to the Kagyup School of Buddhism, the Kagyu Rinchen Tcheu Ling Institute was founded in 1975 by Kalou Rimpotch, and, since 1989, it has been run by the Lama Seunam Tséring. This center has always been extremely welcoming and is open to those seeking to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism and spirituality, as well as meditation. The institue has two rooms for visitors wishing to stay and an additional 15 people can be housed in the wooden temple, ormented with frescos and traditional Tibetan decorations.