©Dominique Viet

Place Nationale

pink heart of the City of Ingres
On sunny days, the bricks change reflections, the melody of the cutlery of the restaurants resounds, conversations animate the square and the courtyards under the arcades. Take your place in the setting. Enjoy the freshness of a glass on the tile, the local flavors at the restaurant tables, the rhythms of a concert, or the fascinating anecdotes of the tour guides on a guided tour.

For the curious

The square has features that inspired the construction of the new towns and bastides of the Midi.

Look closely at the arcades, they are not all the same size. They each correspond to the width of their respective building. The keystones, under the roofs, give you clues about the owners and the dates of construction. Behind the doors are treasures saved from fires: a medieval brick tower here, a Renaissance-era gallery there…

The buildings are suited to the dual business and personal functions. The store occupies the first floor, the first and second floors are inhabited and the upper floor recognizable by its mirrors, serves as an attic.

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It’s all built of softly hissing red bricks…

Emile-Antoine Bourdelle


National square

Take a tour of the history of Place Nationale with CIAP with the “Focus Place Nationale” brochure.