Rodez is a commune in the South of France, northeast of Toulouse. It is the prefecture of the department of Aveyron in the Occitania region, seat of Rodez Agglomération, of the first constituency of Aveyron as well as of the departmental council of Aveyron.

Former capital of Rouergue, the city is the seat of the diocese of Rodez and Vabres.

Located on the Aveyron river in the south of France, in the heart of the triangle formed by Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand and Montpellier, in the western foothills of the Massif Central, the Rodez landscape is situated between the valleys and high plateaus of Grands Causses and the moist hills of Ségala.

Main attractions

Rodez Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church. The cathedral is a national monument and is the seat of the Bishopric of Rodez. The west front, of a military appearance and without a portal, formerly was part of the city wall of Rodez. Notable elements include a Flamboyant Gothic and Renaissance tower (17th century), and a Renaissance rood screen and choir stalls (17th century).

The Episcopal Palace of Rodez was made a Historic Monument in 1942. The old episcopal palace of the 15th century, lay between the transept of the present cathedral and the rampart of the city. Paul-Louis-Philippe de Lezay de Lusignan was appointed Bishop of Rodez in 1684. He began the construction of the current palace upon his arrival, which ended in 1694. The palace was built in the style of Louis XIII with a staircase reminiscent of the Château de Fontainebleau.

The Church of Saint Amans was made a Historic Monument in 1943. It was built in the 12th century and then completely rebuilt from 1758 to 1761 with materials salvaged from the original building. The exterior is Baroque but the interior has maintained its Romanesque style. The dome was decorated in the 18th century by Salinier. Tapestries of the 6th century decorate the choir and represent the miracles of Saint Amans. It retains a 15th-century Pietà and a statue of the Trinity (16th century), as well as a Limoges enamel reliquary casket.

The Sacre-Coeur Church was made a Historic Monument in 2005. Its construction was inspired by the Abbey Church of Saint Foy in Conques with notable influences from major Périgord churches.

Chapel of the former Jesuit college made a Historic Monument in 1927. The former Jesuit college is a group of historic buildings constituting the Lycée Foch. This college remains a chapel, a building and a fountain, the fountain of Vorsof Denys Puech, placed against the exterior wall of the chapel, in Place Foch.

Museums

Musée Fenaille. Museum of history and archaeology with a unique collection of statues and menhirs of the Rouergue. Its collections also include sculptures from other periods: antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and modern times.

Musée des beaux-arts Denys-Puech: Museum of contemporary art in which the sculptures and paintings of Denys Puech are shown, and which also hosts many temporary exhibitions.

Musée Soulages: Soulages Museum, Museum of France, opened 31 May 2014. A large part of the works of Pierre Soulages and temporary exhibitions of international scope are shown.

Restaurants

There are 3 Michelin list restaurants in the city:

  • Restaurant Hervé Busset, 24 place du Bourg, Modern Cuisine
  • Café Bras, Jardin du Foirail, Cuisine from Aveyron
  • Opéra, 3 rue d’Athènes, Modern Cuisine

How to get to?

From Paris: 7 hr 1 min (641 km) via A20

From Toulouse: 1 hr 54 min (152 km) via A68 and N88

From Andorra: 4 hr 49 min (386 km) via N20

From Barcelona: 5 hr 38 min (467 km) via C-16

From Madrid: 9 hr 45 min (867 km) via A-2

From Monaco: 5 hr 33 min (517 km) via A8

From Moscow: 34 hr (3,347 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 17 hr 48 min (1,821 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 28 hr (2,770 km) via E70

From Bern: 7 hr 8 min (711 km) via A75

Main information

Area:  12 km2

Population: 24 207

Coordinates: 44°21′02″N 2°34′30″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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