Basilica of St-Sernin : Michelin's recommendations
The basilica of Saint-Sernin, made of pink bricks, with its chevet partly made of stone and its eight-sided church tower, is the symbol of Toulouse. Built between 1080 and the middle of the 14C, it was restored by the imaginative Viollet-le-Duc. Notice the sculptured capitals of the Comtes door and the magnificent sculptures of the Miégeville door. The wide interior is the classic example of a large pilgrimage church: it was conceived for large crowds who came drawn by the large number of relics arranged in the apse aisle, all the more so since Toulouse was an important stop on the way to Santiago de Compostela. Do not miss the Romanesque altar made of marble from the Pyrenees, built by Bernard Gilduin and consecrated in 1096, the capitals of the gallery and the collection of Romanesque wall paintings brought to light in the northern transept. You can also admire a series of seven bas-reliefs which date from the end of the 11C, attributed to the Bernard Gilduin school and built into the crypt wall. In the upper crypt, a reliquary of Saint Saturnin; in the lower crypt, shrines and statues of apostles.
- Address : pl. St-Sernin F - 31000 Toulouse31000Toulouse
- Phone : 0561218045
- Prices : free of charge
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