The Capitole

This is the emblematic building of the Ville Rose: standing on the Place du Capitole, it houses both the Town Hall and the Théâtre du Capitole.

A majestic building

The seat of municipal power since the twelfth century, this neoclassical masterpiece unfurls its majestic brick and stone façade across the famous Place du Capitole.

Extended, transformed and embellished with each passing era, the decorations on its walls recount the great moments in Toulouse’s history: from the Cathar period to the creation of the Floral Games, from the Counts of Toulouse to the siege of the city. Famous for its state rooms, don’t miss the Salle des Illustres: Henri Martin, Jean-Paul Laurens, Paul Gervais and many other artists have painted or sculpted the decor of these chambers.

In the Henri IV courtyard you’ll find the plaque commemorating the spot where the Duc de Montmorency was executed.

Are you a fan of opera? Le Capitole is also home to Toulouse’s famous opera house.

On the Place du Capitole

The Place du Capitole is a major meeting place for the people of Toulouse, and is adorned with an Occitan cross bearing the signs of the zodiac.

The Occitan Cross, also known as the Languedoc Cross, is a 12-pointed cross.
It appeared during the reign of Raymond VI in 1211, adapted from the coat of arms of Toulouse. It was used as the seal of the Counts and later as the symbol of the province of Languedoc and its capital, Toulouse. Today, it is the emblem of the city and of the Occitanie region.

On the ceiling of the Galerue des Arcades, on the west side, works by Raymond Moretti illustrate the history of the city.

Behind Le Capitole, the former archive tower, known as the Donjon, is now home to the tourist office.

Place du Capitole