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Visite guidée Hyères au temps des palaces

The Legacy of 19th century (guided tour)

Cultural, Guided tour, Historic in Hyères

  • In the 19th century, aristocrats and crowned heads from all over Europe came to Hyeres. They builded palaces and residences with remarkable facades. Discover this awesome guided tour with our guide.

  • In 1875 the arrival of the railway, along with an ambitious architectural
    programme, mark the start of significant changes in the town. The southern
    district of Costebelle becomes a touristic and athletic destination while the
    town also expands eastwards with the construction of beautiful villas on the
    Venaudo hill starting in 1930. The minds behind this ambitious modernisation of
    the city’s architectural landscape are the entrepreneur Alexis Godillot (known
    in France for having...
    In 1875 the arrival of the railway, along with an ambitious architectural
    programme, mark the start of significant changes in the town. The southern
    district of Costebelle becomes a touristic and athletic destination while the
    town also expands eastwards with the construction of beautiful villas on the
    Venaudo hill starting in 1930. The minds behind this ambitious modernisation of
    the city’s architectural landscape are the entrepreneur Alexis Godillot (known
    in France for having invented the eponymous military boot) and the architect
    Pierre Chapoulart. Combining new architectural projects with a complete
    renewal of the town’s urban plan, Godillot and Chapoulart are behind the
    large palm-tree-lined avenues that, from 1865, criss-cross the city centre, a new
    building for the national French bank, a casino and a post office completed in
    1883. They also install new fountains and build prestigious villas. This building
    frenzy gives the relatively small town of Hyères (10,000 inhabitants at the time)
    the air of an aristocratic resort.

    Some of Godillot and Chapoulart’s outstanding architectural successes
    include the town’s first Grand Hotel and the large caryatid-laden Hotel des
    Ambassadeurs. To this day, the Moorish villa stands out for the originality of
    its casted cement and glazed tiles-facade and the Tunisian Villa (1884) remains
    a striking sight. Other significant buildings from this epoch are the neo-classic
    Park Hotel surrounded by ancient orange trees and the nearby Rotunda that
    used to be the Park Hotel’s dining room and now host the headquarters of the
    Tourist Office

    Discover our town with this guided tour.
  • Spoken languages

Rates

Payment methods

  • Bank/credit card
  • Cheque
  • Chèques Vacances
  • Cash
  • From March 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021
  • Adult
    9 €
  • Child
    4 €

    • from 6 to 12 years old

  • Free under 6 years old
Schedules

Schedules

  • On May 26, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • On June 16, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • On June 30, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • On September 8, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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