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Toulouse Cathedral

Toulouse Cathedral

Toulouse, FR

The origins of the Toulouse Cathedral are difficult to trace. The ruined building was rebuilt in 1071 and is composed of different architectural styles, from Romanesque to Southern Gothic. The building is classified as a historical monument since 1862.

Sacré-Cœur Church

Sacré-Cœur Church

Toulouse, FR

Much less known than the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne, the Church of the Sacred Heart of Toulouse is one of those hidden treasures that the city offers only to the most curious. And with good reason! This church is actually "hidden" behind a row of buildings and more particularly behind a sort of portal building which is gable on the street.

Church of Saint-Nicolas

Church of Saint-Nicolas

Toulouse, FR

In the heart of the Saint-Cyprien district, the church of Saint-Nicolas is one of the finest examples of southern Gothic architecture of the 14th and 15th centuries. The history of this edifice is strongly marked by the floods that repeatedly devastated the Left Bank district of Toulouse. This is why the inhabitants chose Saint Nicolas, protector of sailors, as patron saint for their church, which was supposed to save them from sinking.

Chapel of Saint-Jean-Baptiste

Chapel of Saint-Jean-Baptiste

Toulouse, FR

The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Chapel is a legacy of the "Confrérie toulousaine des Pénitents Gris", dating back to 11th April 1577. After the dissolution of the latter during the Revolution, the Brotherhood bought a piece of land in 1825 and the new chapel was blessed on August 7, 1827. It adopts an internal and external architecture as simple as it is intimate, and still continues to receive worship there thanks to the priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

Notre-Dame de la Daurade

Notre-Dame de la Daurade

Toulouse, FR

The Basilica of Notre-Dame la Daurade, was completely rebuilt at the end of the 18th century on the site of one of the oldest churches of Toulouse, which was probably the chapel of Visigothic kings. Seat of a Benedictine abbey, it was lined with mills until the end of the 14th century and overlooked the main bridge of Toulouse from the 12th to the 17th century, the bridge of the Daurade. It has been classified as a historical monument since 1963.

Church of Saint-Aubin

Church of Saint-Aubin

Toulouse, FR

Designed according to the plans of the architect Auguste Delort, the church was built on the site of a former vast cemetery common to the parishes of Saint-Etienne, Saint-Sernin, Notre-Dame-du-Taur and Saint-Michel, which was in use from 1780 to 1840, before being disused in favour of that of Terre-Cabade. Faced with the impatience of the inhabitants of the district, a first parish service was established as early as 1849 following the completion of the first crypts. Due to a lack of financial means, the work progressed chaotically. Seven years later, despite its official opening for worship, the church is far from being completed. Even today, its bell tower and vaults have still not been completed.

Church of Saint-Aubin

Church of Saint-Aubin

Toulouse, FR

Designed according to the plans of the architect Auguste Delort, the church was built on the site of a former vast cemetery common to the parishes of Saint-Etienne, Saint-Sernin, Notre-Dame-du-Taur and Saint-Michel, which was in use from 1780 to 1840, before being disused in favour of that of Terre-Cabade. Faced with the impatience of the inhabitants of the district, a first parish service was established as early as 1849 following the completion of the first crypts. Due to a lack of financial means, the work progressed chaotically. Seven years later, despite its official opening for worship, the church is far from being completed. Even today, its bell tower and vaults have still not been completed.

Ensemble conventuel des Jacobins

Ensemble conventuel des Jacobins

Toulouse, FR

The convent of the Jacobins of Toulouse is composed of a church (Church of the Jacobins), a cloister, a chapter house, a refectory and a chapel (Chapelle Saint-Antonin). It was built by the Order of Friars Preachers in 1230 to counter the influence of the Cathar heresy. These buildings entirely in brick are considered a perfect example of Languedoc Gothic art. In these buildings, was established the old University of Toulouse (1229-1793) until its suppression to the French Revolution.

Notre-Dame du Taur

Notre-Dame du Taur

Toulouse, FR

Our Lady of Taur, built between the fourteenth and sixteenth century, was originally dedicated to the first bishop of Toulouse, Saturnin. The martyred bishop was dragged down the Capitol, tied to the tail of a bull (hence the name "Taur" which means bull).

Church of Saint-Pierre des Cuisines

Church of Saint-Pierre des Cuisines

Toulouse, FR

This first-rate historical building in Toulouse reveals an exciting and unprecedented chronological stratification in a place that is today dedicated to music and dance. The descent of a few steps takes the visitor back in time to the 4th century or the beginning of the following century. While the bishopric of Toulouse was being formed and established to the east of the city, a first church, with a funerary vocation, was built in the heart of a necropolis, to the north, on the banks of the Garonne. With a length of 30 meters, it was to have dimensions comparable to those of the first church Saint-Sernin, contemporary. At the end of Antiquity, people used to gather in this church to commemorate the deceased, whose tombs invaded the whole surrounding area and even the heart of the nave.

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