Pavillon Populaire

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The Pavillon Populaire, built in 1891 by Léopold Carlier on the esplanade Charles de Gaulle, housed the University’s Student Circle and then the city’s associations, before becoming an exhibition space dedicated to photography art in the late 1990s.

It is a raised building in the Neo-Renaissance style preceded by a portico in stone and adorned with sculptures.

At the end of the 19th century, Montpellier was a university town renowned for its faculties of law and medicine. The municipality decided to build on what was then the Champ de Mars, but all of the people in Montpellier commonly called the esplanade, the location of the temporary theater set in fire in 1889, the Student Circle of the University of Montpellier.

In 1905, the Circle was in great financial difficulty and left the building to the city which yielded to the societies, our present associations. It is from this period that its name is known as a popular pavilion (pavillon populaire).

In June 1907, the huge vineyard event that brought together more than 600,000 wine-growers caused damage to the building. The place became mythical once again serving as a gathering place for winegrowers’ demonstrations in 1968, and in 1971.

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Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle 34000 Montpellier


10:00 – 18:00


10:00 – 18:00


10:00 – 18:00


10:00 – 18:00


10:00 – 18:00


10:00 – 18:00