Visit the Aveyron capital! Stroll through the historic center to discover a rich heritage… From the cathedral to the Soulages museum, travel through the centuries in Rodez.
Rodez, a power at work
power of one Cathedral emerging from the depths of the centuries, power of the painter's work Pierre Soulages, power of menhir statues brought together in a museum unique in Europe: Rodez envelops you in an energy that combines history, art and life force.
At one hour from Villefranche-de-Rouergue, the city seems lifted by the power of its Notre-Dame cathedral and its bell tower, completed at the beginning of the XNUMXth century.
The iconic hearts
Lose yourself along the medieval streets and many squares that enliven the historic center of Rodez. Contemplate remarkable pink sandstone buildings: the Notre-Dame cathedral, Benoît's house, Annunciation house and so-called Armagnac house.
Fill up on culture in the museums
In Rodez, push the door of three remarkable museums. From Antiquity to today, immerse yourself in singular artistic universes.
The Soulages Museum
It is 300 meters from the cathedral that the Pierre Soulages Museum was born. Born in Rodez, Pierre Soulages, one of the most famous living French painters in the world, donated a considerable number of his works (about 500 works and documents) to his city. Its resolutely contemporary architecture is in itself an aesthetic emotion. Entirely clad in corten steel, the museum covers 6 m000.
The Fenaille Museum
Step into the majestic setting of the Hotel Jouéry dating from the 5th and 000th centuries. Start your visit nearly XNUMX years ago by discovering the most important collection of statue-menhirs in Europe! Travel through the centuries contemplating masterpieces from Prehistory to the Renaissance
The Denys Puech Museum
Academic sculptor recognized for his female figures imbued with nostalgia, Denys Puech was born in Bozouls, a village near Rodez, in 1854. Let yourself be surprised by the talent of this sculptor, Grand Prix de Rome 1884. During your visit, contemplate also the engravings by Eugène Viala and oils on canvas by the orientalist painter Maurice Bompard.
Must see and do
We recommend five things to see or do during your visit to Rodez:
- Stroll through the historic center to discover beautiful Renaissance residences and mansions.
- Follow the guided tour of the bell tower (In season on reservation).
- Visit the three museums of Rodez.
- Take a break on the terrace of a café on the Place de la Cité.
- Savor local produce at the Saturday morning market.