If you only have time to visit one of Toulouse's many old mansions, it should probably be the Assézat Renaissance palace. Built in 1555 for Pierre d'Assézat, a pastel merchant, it is now the headquarters of the town's academic societies and the Bemberg foundation (since 1993). Behind the heavy sculpted wooden door is an inner courtyard, where a profusion of columns, decorated windows and sculpted designs (note the pastel flowers on the eastern façade) alternate between stone and brick. A lion guards the entrance to the terrace; from May to October there is a café here.
- Open Hours: Wednesday from 10:30 AM to 07:30 PM, Friday from 10:30 AM to 07:30 PM, Thursday from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Esquirol