The largest region in metropolitan France, Occitanie was formed due to the merging of the former regions, Languedoc-Rousillon and Midi-Pyrénées. The name Occitanie is a historical reference to the broader region, where until the nineteenth century, most people spoke varieties of Occitanian French. Toulouse is the bustling capital of the region and lies on the banks of the River Garonne. The city possesses unique architecture made from pink terracotta bricks, which has resulted in its nickname la Ville Rose (the Pink City). Discover Toulouse’s spectacular heritage and pay visit to the two UNESCO sites: Canal du Midi and Basilica of Saint Sernin. Saint Sernin is an exquisite church built in the 11th to 13th centuries and is the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe. Occitanie is also home to the city of Montpellier, the fastest growing city in France over the past 25 years. Elegant and cultured, Montpellier boasts a spectacular central square that is one of the largest pedestrian areas in Europe.