Next to the 18th century mansions and behind the Polygone shopping centre, Montpellier continues to charm with Antigone, a district that has succeeded in combining residential spaces, office buildings, shops and culture in a harmonious way. As you step under the monumental archway that marks the entrance to Antigone, you’ll be enchanted by the area’s theatricality with its large proportions, great columns, striking pediments and view towards the River Lez.
There are countless references to Antiquity - rue de Thèbes, rue de l’Acropole, place de Sparte, place du Marathon, to name but a few. Yet the most striking is the square known as the place du Nombre d’Or (aka “golden ratio” - referring to the complex mathematics that dominated its conception, and the alternation between round and square shapes). It’s a tranquil area with a quaint water play area jutting out of the ground. Then there’s the place du Millénaire, built after a Roman circus with one of its rounded sides; the place de Thessalie with its amphitheatre feel and fountain with bronze male statues; the great multimedia library across from the Olympic pool; the esplanade de l’Europe and its majestic buildings across from the Lez and the Hôtel de Région; and an imposing arc de triomphe. Between this and the place du Nombre d’Or is a imposing and impressive 1800m-long boulevard (just like Paris’ Champs-Elysées), an audacious bridge between Montpellier of the past and Montpellier of the future.
Just a short distance from the banks of the Lez, you’ll be able to get from Le Mas de Lafeuillade to Antigone in under 15 minutes on foot.