Jardin des Plantes


These 200-year-old sculpted gardens are a refreshing place to take a breather from hectic central Toulouse. Find the entrance to this 7-hectare park on allée Frédéric Mistral, a 500m-walk south from place St-Jacques.

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2. Musée Paul Dupuy

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3. Cathédrale de St-Étienne

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4. Église Notre-Dame de la Dalbade

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5. Hôtel d'Assézat

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6. Fondation Bemberg

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8. Capitole

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