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Hotel d'Assezat, Toulouse

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The Hôtel d'Assézat in Toulouse, France, is a French Renaissance hôtel particulier (urban palace) of the 16th century which houses the Bemberg Foundation, a major art gallery of the city.

The hôtel was likely built by Toulouse architect Nicolas Bachelier for Pierre d'Assézat, an internationally renowned Toulouse woad merchant at the time. As one of the first manifestations of French classicism it is an outstanding example of Renaissance palaces architecture of southern France, with a use of brick typical of Toulouse and an elaborate decoration of the cour d'honneur (courtyard) influenced by Italian Mannerism and by classicism.

The Hôtel d'Assézat differs from the other Renaissance townhouses in Toulouse not only in size and its exceptional ornementation, but also in its pristine condition, a fact which earns it a mention in every overview of French Renaissance. The hôtel now belongs to the City of Toulouse and was restored in the 1980s. It is home to the Union des sociétés savantes, the Académie des Jeux Floraux and the Bemberg Foundation.
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  • This place well deserves a visit. You must go even because the entrance to the main square is for free. 
    This place well deserves a visit. You must go even because the entrance to the main square is for free.  more »
  • While on a walking tour of Toulouse we visited the Hôtel d’Assezat (palace). This 16th Century renaissance building was bult by local architect Nicolas Bachelier for Pierre d’Assezat, a rich Toulouse....  more
    While on a walking tour of Toulouse we visited the Hôtel d’Assezat (palace). This 16th Century renaissance building was bult by local architect Nicolas Bachelier for Pierre d’Assezat, a rich Toulouse....  more »
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  • Closed for construction work nowadays. But still it generates a little WoW moment when stepping in from outside
  • A remarkable gallery, rarely crowded. An asrounding collection to find outside a 'major' gallery. A roomful of Bonnards! No less than 5 Cranachs... I could go on. The terrace cafe is a perfect spot for a nice lunch. Being France, the gallery closes for lunch. Just set yourself down, order something tasty, a good rose helps too.... then have a relaxed afternoon browsing some brilliant art. The building alone is pretty stunning, a 16th century merchant's place.

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