Martres Tolosane

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Mayor

Monsieur Gilbert TARRAUBE

Number of inhabitants 1 733
Department Haute Garonne
Town Hall 12 Boulevard de la Magdeleine
31120
MARTRES TOLOSANE
Tél. : 05 61 98 80 02
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Near Toulouse and the pyrénéen piémont ,

 

 

At the edge of Toulouse and of the Pyrenean piedmont, Martres-Tolosane, far away from noise and agitation, is charming the visitors with its circular streets.

 

During the Gallo-roman period, the impressive Chiragan, huge villa of thirteen hectares, was standing along the Garonne. The luxury and dimensions that it presented were close to those of Hadrien’s villa located in Tivoli. Numerous “treasures” have been excavated during a serie of excavations, including several busts of Roman emperors made of marble. A precious inheritance nowadays preserved and exhibited in the museum Saint-Raymond in Toulouse.

It is at the entrance of Angonia (ancient Gallo-roman name of Martres-Tolosane) that the “Saint-Vidian battle” occurred, where Christians and Saracen fought. In memory of the martyrs who lost their lives during it, the name “Martres-Tolosane” (martyrs toulousains – meaning martyrs from Toulouse) succeeded to Angonia. This is a legend that comes alive every year, on the Trinité Sunday (the sunday following the Pentecôte), during a celebration nowadays well-known, where a lot of spectators come to see the historical reconstitution of this glorious adventure.

The history of Martres-Tolosane is also the one of a jealously-kept secret. The faïence art is carried on for almost three centuries, with any interruption in its production. Martres-Tolosane’s faïence activity started in 1739, year during which Joseph Delondre, faïence artisan and painter from Bordeaux, signs his very first piece of faïence made in Martres-Tolosane: a “plat à barbe” (litteraly: “a shaving dish”) with a blue monochrome on a white back.

 

 

Since then, a tour of the artist city would not end without a visit to one of our faïence artisan’s workshop, always happy to share their passion and known-how with the public. You can find an original production of unequalled quality in each workshop.

 

 

 

A two-star tourism office hosting the museum Angonia welcomes you in the city. Since 2001, Martres-Tolosane organises the Arts and Fire Show, on the All Saints’ week end. This quality show is composed of about a hundred of exhibitors, and brings out Martres’ faiences and the arts and crafts.