Founded in 1144 by Alphonse Jourdain, the Count of Toulouse, Montauban started out as a territory devoid of construction. Built out of "pink bricks" from the South West of France, it foreshadows the rise of the bastide with its well-planned framework organised around a central square. The city experienced major economic growth during the Middle Ages. The Religious Wars during which the Protestant stronghold resisted the Catholic king of France (1621) did not diminish its economic expansion and on the contrary, it rose to the rank of regional capital.
Take the time to discover Montauban, designated "City of Art and History". Explore its rich patrimony, its townhouses and its Episcopal Palace : The Ingres Museum.