The historical center of Rodez
Formerly the main stake of the rivalry between the counts of Rodez “masters of the town” and the bishops of Rodez “masters of the city”, the city shelters a rich cultural and architectural heritage which testifies to its prestigious past.
To realize it, just walk in the streets and alleys around the cathedral, around the place du Bourg and that of Olmet. We discover the old half-timbered houses, mansions and mansions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that the good fortunes of Rouergue, merchants, merchants and bankers, build in the Bourg and the City.
The Maison d’Armagnac, one of the oldest buildings in the city, is a fine example of this. Built on the ruins of the castle of the Counts of Armagnac, the building combines with charm Gothic and Renaissance style.
A little further on, one reaches the rue Penavayre where the Canonical House is located, former residence of the canons of Rodez in the 15th century. In the courtyard, you can observe a sandstone well decorated with the shell of St. James, symbols of the pilgrims of Compostela.
Right next to the cathedral, you can discover the old bishop’s palace, the only brick building in Rodez. Built in the 17th century in the Louis XIII style, the palace has a double-flight staircase that is reminiscent of that of the Château de Fontainebleau.
Campsite near Rodez in the heart of Aveyron
Enjoy your stay at Camping du Lac de Bonnefon *** in Aveyron to spend a pleasant day in Rodez.
Located only 30 km from the campsite, between the Millau viaduct and Conques, the old capital of Rouergue is a beautiful city full of art and history with its majestic pink sandstone cathedral, its magnificent medieval and Renaissance houses, without forgetting its museum dedicated to the artist Pierre Soulages.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Rodez
Erected between the 13th and 16th centuries, the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Rodez is a magnificent Gothic cathedral made of pink sandstone flanked by two massive towers.
Imposing and austere seen from the outside, the Cathedral of Rodez shelters a movable heritage of great finesse: paintings and mural frescoes of the 14th century, richly decorated 15th century stalls and a splendid carved Renaissance organ case.
To complete the visit, you will have to climb to the top of the bell tower, 87 meters high, to contemplate a 360° view of the entire city and the surrounding countryside.
The Soulages museum and the other museums of Ruthenias
Among the museums which make the fame of Aveyron, the Musée Soulages certainly deserves the visit for its very particular atmosphere and its outstanding architecture.
We discover the work of the artist Pierre Soulages, father of the outrenoir and contemporary French artist among the most quoted on the international market. Exceptional collections of paintings, etchings, lithographs, serigraphs and sculptures are here superbly enhanced by skillful plays of light.
If modern art is not really your cup of tea, you may prefer the fenaille museum, dedicated to the history of Rouergue and archaeology. The place gathers the largest collection of menhir statues in France!
In another decor and another atmosphere, the museum Denys-Puech, in spite of its modest size, presents some very beautiful bronze sculptures from the middle of the XIXth century until today.
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