The Saint-Cyprien neighborhood
Located on the left bank of the Garonne, the Saint-Cyprien neighbourhood is one of the oldest in the city of Toulouse. Today, this neighbourhood is recognised as a lively and culturally rich area.
The first references to the town date back to the 12th century. The church of Saint-Nicolas and the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques bear witness to this period. Easily identifiable in the distance by the Dôme de la Grave, Saint-Cyprien is a popular and cosmopolitan district of Toulouse, particularly because of its proximity to the city centre.
Taking the Abattoirs as a starting point, here are some other cultural places of interest in the district:
- La Galerie du Château d'eau (10 minutes walk)
As its name suggests, the building was originally used to supply water to the city centre. It was converted in 1974 into an exhibition space dedicated to photography and offers temporary exhibitions.
1 place Laganne, Toulouse
Tel: 05 34 24 52 35
- Museum of the History of Medicine - Jean-Charles Auvergnat (9 minutes on foot)
The Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques is an old hospital establishment that began operating in the 12th century on the left bank of the Garonne. It became the largest hospital in Toulouse following its numerous extensions in the 17th and 18th centuries. The last patients left the buildings in 1987. Today, the Hôtel-Dieu houses the administrative centre of the Toulouse University Hospital, as well as the European Institute of Telemedicine, the European Skin Research Centre and the Museum of the History of Medicine.
Hôtel Dieu-Saint Jacques
2 rue Viguerie, 31300 Toulouse
Tél. : 05.61.77.84.25
- Théâtre Garonne - Scène européenne (6 minutes walk)
Located in a former water pumping station on the Garonne (mid-19th century), the Théâtre Garonne presents performing artists, particularly theatre and dance, and more rarely music. This venue mainly programs contemporary creations by authors or contemporary collectives.
1, avenue du Château d'eau, 31300 Toulouse
Tel: 05 62 48 54 77 (ticket office & reception)
- Le Chapeau Rouge - Espace Saint Cyprien (3 minutes walk)
Created in 1999, the Chapeau Rouge venue hosts song, world music, theatre, shows for young audiences and dance performances. Its exhibition gallery hosts visual arts and photography.
56 allées Charles de Fitte, 31300 Toulouse
Places to go for a walk
- The Raymond VI Garden (next door)
Situated between the Abattoirs (where a work of art is located) and the Grave hospital, this garden offers a full view of the Garonne and invites you to stroll. The must is the footbridge built 2 metres from the river which allows you to get close to the water.
76 allées Charles de Fitte, 31300 Toulouse
- Parc de la prairie des Filtres (13 minutes on foot)
The Prairie des Filtres is located along the Garonne near the Pont-Neuf and Cours Dillon. Every year it hosts the Rio Loco festival in June.
Cours Dillon, 31300 Toulouse