This pleasant little square, with Porte Cailhau in the background, is now largely pedestrianized. It has several popular cafés and restaurants, but just one narrow lane for limited motor traffic, with access controlled by a bollard which can be lowered for emergency vehicles or deliveries.
But it has only been this way since 2010. Before that for several years it was nothing more than an ugly parking lot for cars, and for many years before that it was a bus terminal, which in retrospect is surprising because the shape of the square must have made it difficult for the buses to maneuver.
Location, aerial view and photos of Porte du Palais on monumentum.fr.
My photos in this post are from 2014. I revised the text in 2019.
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