Free Tours - Sponsored by Agropolois International and the City of Montpellier

The Wrath of Achilles by François-Léon Benouville


Two free guided tours sponsored by Agroplis International and City of Montpellier are planned for TDWG 2009. A walking tour of the city centre of Mantpellier and a tour of the botanic garden. Please indicate your interest in these tours on your reqistration. Details are-

  1. Tuesday evening. A guided tour of the historical Montpellier city centre. A selection of private mansions reveal the secrets of their hidden courtyards to the wandering visitor. But what lies beyond these tranquil courtyards? Sample the sumptuous, intimate interiors, an atmosphere of days gone by. You will also discover The Arc de Triomphe, constructed at the end of the 17th century to honour Louis XIV. The Palais of Justice: built in 1853 and situated on the site once occupied by the castle of the last seigneurs, or lords, of Montpellier. You will also visit the "Musée de l'Histoire de Montpellier". Located in the crypt Notre Dame des Tables, Place Jean Jaurès. Dating back to Roman times, the crypt was first built as part of the St. Marie church in the 10th century. In the 12th century a new church was built in its place. It was named when money changers set up their stalls at its foot. Now being restored, it offers a virtual tour of times past in Montpellier. Lights mark the lines of the old church which has now disappeared and there are video and audio representations of the City's history.
  2. Saturday morning. A walking tour of the jardin des plantes (botanic garden) will start from Le Corum.  The “Jardin des plantes de Montpellier” (4.5 hectares) is a historic botanical garden and arboretum located in the heart of Montpellier. The garden was established in 1593 by letters patent from King Henri IV, under the leadership of Pierre Richer de Belleval, Professor of Botany and Anatomy. It is France's oldest botanical garden, inspired by the Orto botanico di Padova (1545) and in turn serving as model for the Jardin des Plantes de Paris (1626). The Montagne de Richer lies within the garden's oldest section, which also now contains a systematic garden. The garden was expanded twice in the nineteenth century. Its orangery was designed by Claude-Mathieu Delagardette (1762-1805) and completed in 1804, the arboretum was landscaped in 1810, and the English Garden, with pool and greenhouse, dates from 1859. The monumental Martins greenhouse opened in 1860. Today the garden contains about 2,680 plant species, including 500 native to the Mediterranean region. Of these roughly 2,000 species are grown outdoors, and 1,000 under glass. Major sections of the garden are as follows:
  Last Modified: 15 March 2010