Gare de Toulouse Matabiau, Toulouse

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Toulouse-Matabiau is the main railway station in Toulouse, southern France. It is located in the city centre and connected to the Toulouse Metro. The station is situated on the Bordeaux–Sète railway, Toulouse–Bayonne railway, Brive-Toulouse (via Capdenac) railway and Toulouse-Auch railway. Direct trains run to most parts of France.HistoryToulouse waited until the middle of the 19th century for the railway to arrive in the city.In 1853, Émile Pereire and his brother Jacob founded the CF du Midi. Three years later, the line from Bordeaux to Toulouse was opened, it was extended to Sète in 1857.The current passenger building was built between 1903 and 1905, replacing an older and smaller building. The station took the name of the borough it was situated in, an area called Matabiau, named after the martyrdom of Saint Saturnin, mata-bios meaning kill the bull. It was designed by Marius Toudoire (who also designed Bordeaux Station) and was built with stone from the Roman city of Saintes. Like the Midi station in Bordeaux, Matabiau station bears 26 coats of arms on the front of the building of the 26 destinations that Midi served.
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  • Had a walk to see this ornate looking station which was about 200 metres from our hotel Pulman. Lots of heraldic shields around the top of the outside 
    Had a walk to see this ornate looking station which was about 200 metres from our hotel Pulman. Lots of heraldic shields around the top of the outside  more »
  • We visited the station twice to book tickets to Carcassonne and Albi while we were staying in Toulouse. There was a lot of construction going on and at first it was difficult to find the ticket... 
    We visited the station twice to book tickets to Carcassonne and Albi while we were staying in Toulouse. There was a lot of construction going on and at first it was difficult to find the ticket...  more »

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