Attend a theatrical or orchestral performance and admire the artworks on the alleged spot where St. Saturnin of Toulouse was martyred.
As the most iconic and photographed landmark in the city, the Capitole de Toulouse earns its prestigious status with its stunning architecture, theatrical productions and fascinating tapestry of history. The shiny tiles and cobbles of the structure’s namesake plaza spread out before it, hosting the tables and chairs of elegant cafés and boutiques. Take a tour of the majestic building for a glimpse of its impressive features and rich past.
Learn the history of this intriguing building, whose neoclassical façade dates back to 1750. Admire the pink brick layout, the strong pediment and the eight imposing columns that guard the front. See the wonderful structure at night, when lights illuminate the entire length of this huge palace.
Go to a dazzling performance in the opera house of the Théâtre du Capitole. Consider the 19th-century works of art in the Salle des Illustres. The Capitole de Toulouse building also serves as the city hall of Toulouse. It is free to enter the building and take a look around.
Many tales and legends are entwined with the history of the building. Hear the gruesome story of the demise of St. Saturnin of Toulouse, the former bishop of the city who was supposedly tied to a bull that dragged him down a set of steps on this location. Visit the stronghold where 17th-century Protestant Jean Calas was interrogated over the supposed murder of his own son.
Enjoy drinks and snacks at one of the cafés within the colonnades of the Capitole Square. Walk from the plaza along the cobbled central passageway that runs through the heart of the Capitole de Toulouse, before reaching charming Charles de Gaulle Square. Relax on a bench with a book and inspect the public works of art.
The Capitole de Toulouse stands on the eastern side of its namesake plaza, which marks the center of the city. Ride the metro to the Capitole station on the eastern side of the building. Discover nearby sights, including the Pierre Goudouli Garden, the Notre-Dame du Taur and the Church of the Jacobins.