The Capital of the World

In case you weren’t aware, I’m here to inform you that THE capital of the world is a town in France called Castres. At least that’s what Vlad’s dad Michel always says, who is in fact from Castres. (Go figure.)

Today we went to Castres for All Saint’s Day (which is actually tomorrow), but I’ll explain more about that tradition tomorrow. For now I would just like to present Castres, in all its glory.

The first thing you need to know about Castres is that they have one of the best rugby teams in France – quite an accomplishment for being so small. The second thing you need to know about Castres is that their main square’s garden was designed by André Le Nôtre, the same landscape architect who designed the gardens of Versailles. Unfortunately it is much smaller today than the original design as it had to be shortened to make way for roads and buildings, but it is still beautiful.

As seen from the Goya Museum

The Goya Museum houses the largest collection of Spanish paintings in France. It is also in the same building complex as city hall.

The room in the Museum/City Hall where Vlad’s parents married.

The Church of Saint Benoît seen through the courtyard of the museum

The organ of Saint Benoît

The Church and State weren’t separated in France until 1905; before then the Mayor and his entourage had their own designated bench in church.

Banc de la Mairie “Bench of the Mayor”

Christ’s triumph over Sin (snake and apple) and Death (skull)

Not only is Castres the capital of the world, it is also known as the “Venice of France” for its location spanning the river Agout.

Some shots around Castres:

Castres’ small streets already decorated for Christmas!

Visiting Michel’s sister. The wall at the end of the street is the back of the church.

The main plaza


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3 Responses to The Capital of the World

  1. Mom says:

    It was so nice to travel again to the capitol of the world. Tell Michel thanks for advising you to take so many pictures!

  2. jeff webb says:

    very nice. i’m sure michel and vlad enjoyed showing you around this city, and the family history there must have been very interesting for you to learn about and see firsthand. great photo journal as well.

  3. Pingback: All Saint’s Day | Life in La Ville Rose

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