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Carte Languedoc-Roussillon
Flag region Languedoc-Roussillon

Administration & Statistics

Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Departement Hérault
Postal code 34000

Elevation 7-110 m
land area 57 km2
Population 253,712 (2007)
Density 4,460 /km2
If there is any French city that has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 25 years, then it has got to be Montpellier, situated in the South of France. A moderately large city, Montpellier is a vibrant, pulsating city teeming with people.

The world today knows Montpellier predominantly because it is the capital of the Languedoc region- namely, Roussillon, as well as the Herault department.

However, the city first rose to prominence due to its studies in medicine after its first university was set up in 1220; although in the 19th century, the city became predominantly acknowledged as being a bustling industrial hotspot.

It is the student population that brings the aura of vivacity to Montpellier. Set on a hilltop, with ancient buildings dotting the narrow lanes and streets and lending an air of old world charm to the city, Montpellier truly takes you back to the Renaissance.

There is a lot to do in Montpellier. The city is home to the famous botanical garden Jardin des plantes de Montpellier, which also happens to be the oldest of its kind in France. Montpellier also houses the Musee Fabre, one of the oldest museums in the city. It features the works of artists like Francois Xavier Fabre and Nicolas Poussin, along with masterpieces gifted by noted collectors like Alfred Bruyas.

However, it is the city square of Place de la Comedie that forms the major source of interest in the city. The focal point of attraction here is the fountain ‘Three Graces’, which is set in the middle of the square. It was etched in 1790 by Etienne d’Antoine.

Thousands of tourists across the world are attracted to Montpellier for its summer music festival called Festival de Radio France et Montpellier. Featuring nearly 150 events, this festival is a melting pot of jazz, opera, films, concerts and seminars as well.

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