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  • 1 Basilica of St-Sernin Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place St-Sernin

    The biggest and most beautiful Romanesque church of the Midi. It holds the largest number of relics in France, particularly, the sepulchre of Saint Saturnin, first bishop of Toulouse. The chevet, partly made of stone, and the five story eight-sided c..

  • 2 Old Toulouse Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Old Toulouse boasts a number of truly beautiful buildings, starting with St-Sernin Basilica and Place du Capitole, two of the town's emblematic places, the Musée Saint-Raymond, the Hôtel d'Assézat and Bemberg Foundation, the Musée des Augustins and t..

  • 3 Bemberg Foundation Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Place d'Assézat

    This collection assembled by Georges Bemberg is devoted to artwork (paintings, sculpture, objets) from the Renaissance to the 20C. Works by Venetian artists ( vedute by Canaletto), Flemish and Dutch painters (Rogier Van der Weyden, Pieter de Hooch), ..

  • 4 St Raymond Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 ter place St-Sernin

    Romanesque sculpture is outstandingly represented in this museum housed in the former Saint-Raymond school. Built in 1523 and later reconstructed by Viollet-le-Duc, it has been superbly restored. The museum contains numerous objets from ancient Tolos..

  • 5 Museum of the Augustines Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    21 rue de Metz

    Housed in former convent buildings in the southern Gothic style, the museum contains an exceptional collection of paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to the early 20C, including Gothic sculptures (13C-15C), religious paintings (14C-18C), Fr..

  • 6 Natural History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    35 allée Jules-Guesde

    The Museum of Toulouse reopned its doors in 2008 after ten years of renovations. Located in the Jardin des Plantes south of the Allées Jules-Guesde that define the limits of the old town, it contains a large collection of natural history objects, par..

  • 7 Jacobin Convent Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Rue Lakanal

    The Jacobin convent is a fine example of 13C and 14C southern French Gothic architecture. The enormous church has a double nave and seven columns supporting a 28m-high vault. The famous "palm tree" is made up of a column and 22 alternately ..

  • 8 Assézat Mansion Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Assézat

    The most beautiful private building in Toulouse was built from 1555-1557 for public magistrate Assézat, who grew rich thanks to the woad business. It was designed by Nicolas Bachelier, the greatest Renaissance architect in Toulouse. Today, the unfini..

  • 9 Canal du Midi Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The Canal du Midi long played an important role in transporting goods. Nowadays it is enjoyed for its beautiful banks and calm waters that run the length of Languedoc, from Sète to Toulouse, and from the Mediterranean to the Lauragais. The quality of..

  • 10 Les Abattoirs (modern & contemporary art museum) Interesting

    Museums and art

    76 allée Charles-de-Fitte

    Set along the Garonne River, these huge pink brick abattoirs, created in the 19C by Urbain Vitry, were restored and renovated to accommodate the Modern & Contemporary Art Museum, a media library, exhibition rooms and creative workshops. Highlights fr..

  • 11 Paul-Dupuy Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    13 rue de la Pleau

    These collections, were gathered by Paul Dupuy, native of Toulouse, at the beginning of the 20C. They include clock making, measuring instruments, ivory objects (11C ivory horn), enamel, musical instruments, 18C and 19C costumes, regional furniture, ..

  • 12 Georges-Labit Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    17 rue du Japon

    Georges Labit (1862-1909), an admirer of Asia, has collected objets from his travels and gathered them at his Moorish style villa. Mozarab style rooms hold Khmer sculptures, Chinese pottery from the Ding period, statuettes from Tibet and Nepal, armou..

  • 13 St Etienne Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Place St-Étienne

    Built over a period of five centuries, the cathedral's architecture is rather disparate, and the nave and choir are not in the same axis. The unique nave is the first expression of Gothic style in southern France. Note the tapestries decorating the n..

  • 14 Capitole Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. place du Capitole

    It owes its name to the "capitouls" -public magistrates - who governed the city of Toulouse. The Town Hall, which was completed in 1759, has a magnificent 128 m long facade. Inside, it is decorated with frescos, busts and works of history f..

  • 15 Space City Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Avenue Jean-Gonord

    It can be seen from a distance thanks to its rocket and the contemporary sculpture by Henri-Georges Adam (1904-1967). The vocation of the Cité is to be a place for exploring, experimenting and understanding the universe in both playful and pedagogica..

  • 16 Esquila School

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    69 r. du Taur

    This secondary school has access to the Rue du Taur through a beautiful Renaissance boss portal. This is the work of a Toulouse artist, Nicolas Bachelier (1487-1557), builder of many Toulouse townhouses including the Assézat Mansion.

  • 17 Carmelites Chapel

    Religious buildings

    r. du Périgord

    The panelling and paintings (by Toulouse artist Despax), in praise of the Carmelite order, make a fine 18C ensemble.

  • 18 Public Library

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 r. du Périgord

    Built by Montariol, this building is a beautiful example of functional architecture of the 1930's, with a typical decoration of forged iron and bas-relief. It has a majestic facade made of brick and stone and a reading room illuminated by a big dome ..

  • 19 Rue du Taur

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Taur

    This lively street, lined with book stores and antique shops, connects the Place du Capitole and Saint-Sernin. Its name recalls the martyrdom of Saint Sernin, the Languedoc apostle who was tied to a bull's tail.

  • 20 Bernuy Mansion (Pierre-de-Fermat Secondary School)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 rue Gambetta

    Built at the beginning of the16C, the first courtyard (made of stone) is adorned with a beautiful loggia portico. There is a second courtyard where you will discover the charm of this "pink coloured town". The eight-sided tower, one of the ..

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