Montpellier is a city in southern France. It is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon regio
n, as well as the Hérault department. Montpellier is the 8th largest city of France, and is also the fastest growing city in the country over the past 25 years. Located on the south coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, it is the third-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille and Nice. Montpellier is one of the few large cities in France without any (Gallo-)Roman heritage and also one of the few cities in southern France without a Greek foundation.
Jerome sent me this card from Montpellier which shows a beautiful picture of The Place de la Comédie which is the main focal point of the city of Montpellier, in the Hérault département in southern France. The square is first mentioned in 1755 and is named after the theatre located there, which burned down in 1785 and 1855.
The Place became the main focal point of the city when, in the mid-19th century the main railway station (Gare de Montpellier Saint-Roch) was built some 200 metres south of it. At that time, a smaller train going to the nearby beach at Palavas-les-Flots also had its provenance on the Place.
At the centre of the square is a fountain called the Three Graces, built by sculptor Étienne d'Antoine in 1790. The original piece was placed in the Musée Fabre in 1989, but moved again during the refurbishment of the museum to the Opéra Comédie, which is located at the square.
At its north-eastern corner the square continues into the Esplanade de Charles de Gaulle, a small park connecting the Place to the Corum, a large concrete and granite com
plex built by Claude Vasconi. At its south-eastern corner it is linked to the Lycée Joffre, formerly theCitadel of Montpellier.
Thank you Jerome for this lovely card.