Historical Churches Tour (Self Guided), Toulouse

Toulouse's historical center is full of architectural treasures, particularly churches. You will find a large variety of basilicas, cathedrals and cloisters built from the 11th to the 19th centuries in the city. Their architectural style varies from Romanesque to Gothic. Take this tour to visit Toulouse's picturesque churches.
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Historical Churches Tour Map

Guide Name: Historical Churches Tour
Guide Location: France » Toulouse (See other walking tours in Toulouse)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: helenp
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Basilica of Saint Sernin
  • Notre-Dame du Taur
  • Augustine Convent
  • Saint-Étienne de Toulouse Cathedral
  • Notre-Dame de la Dalbade
  • Notre-Dame de la Daurade
  • Church of the Jacobins
  • Saint-Pierre des Cuisines Church
  • Saint Nicolas Church
Basilica of Saint Sernin

1) Basilica of Saint Sernin (must see)

The Basilica of St. Sernin is the former church of the Abbey of St. Sernin or St. Saturnin, and it was built in the Romanesque style between 1080 and 1120. The bell tower, which stands directly over the transept crossing, is the most visible feature of the church. The structure is divided into five tiers; the lower three tiers date from the 12th century and the upper two from the 14th century. The spire was added in the 15th century. The 11th-century chevet is the oldest part of the building and consists of nine chapels. The church is known for its two exterior doorways, the Porte des Comtes and the Porte des Miégeville. Above the Porte des Comtes is a depiction of Lazarus and Dives. The interior of the basilica measures 115 x 64 x 21 meters, a vast space for a Romanesque church.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Notre-Dame du Taur

2) Notre-Dame du Taur

This church is located on Rue du Taur between Piazza del Campidoglio and the Basilica of St. Sernin. According to legend, the Church of Notre-Dame du Taur was built on the exact spot where the body of St. Saturnin was detached from the bull that dragged him. The exterior of the church is impressive and resembles a fortress. It was declared a historic monument in 1840.
Augustine Convent

3) Augustine Convent (must see)

The Augustinian Convent was founded in 1286 for members of the Augustinian religious order. It was first establshed outside the city walls, near the Matabiau quarter, then, between 1310 and 1341 moved to the corner of rue du Musée and rue des Arts. In 1790 it ceased to be a convent and today its buildings house the Musée des Augustins.

In a decree of 2nd November 1789 the convent became a national asset, and was decommissioned during the suppression of the monastic orders in 1790. Since 27th August 1795 it has housed the Toulouse Museum of Art.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Saint-Étienne de Toulouse Cathedral

4) Saint-Étienne de Toulouse Cathedral (must see)

Toulouse Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Toulouse) is a Roman Catholic cathedral and a national monument of France. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Toulouse. The exact date of the original building's construction is unknown, although the first mention of a church building on this site is found in a charter dating back to 844. In 1073 the Bishop of Toulouse commenced work on a more elaborate structure, and more additions were made in the 13th century. The west front of the cathedral is irregular because it consists of two incomplete churches. The first church dates back to the early 13th century and includes the rose window from 1230. The other church was built around 1272 on a different axis. Although the architectural plan for the church was abandoned before it was completed, by 1445 a triforium had been added to the choir and a flamboyant west portal had been built.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Notre-Dame de la Dalbade

5) Notre-Dame de la Dalbade (must see)

The Church of Our Lady of Dalbade is located in Toulouse's Carmelite neighborhood. Its current name comes from the ancient church that preceded it, which was covered with white plaster and thus called Santa Maria Dealbata (Saint Mary the White). The church has an organ constructed by Eugene Puget. This instrument was inaugurated on November 22, 1888, by Charles-Marie Widor and has recently been restored. The parish was entrusted in 2008 to the Archbishop of Toulouse, a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei.
Notre-Dame de la Daurade

6) Notre-Dame de la Daurade

Notre-Dame de la Daurade is a basilica established in 410 when Emperor Honorius allowed the conversion of pagan temples to Christian places of worship. The original building of Notre-Dame de la Daurade was a temple dedicated to Apollon. During the 6th century, a church, decorated with golden mosaics, was erected at the site. Its current name derives from the ancient Latin name “Deaurata”, meaning gold. It became a Benedictine monastery during the 9th century. After a period of decline, which began in the 15th century, the basilica was destroyed in 1761. The buildings were later restored and a new church rebuilt, but the monastery was closed during the French Revolution and became a tobacco factory. The current edifice was built during the 19th century. The church has been listed as a historic monument by the French Ministry of Culture.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of the Jacobins

7) Church of the Jacobins (must see)

The Church of the Jacobins is located in the city center halfway between the Capitol and the Garonne River and opposite the Lyceum Pierre de Fermat. The complex consists of a church, a cloister and a convent. It was built by the Order of Preachers, a mendicant order. These brick buildings are considered prime examples of Languedoc Gothic art from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The church has housed the body of St. Thomas Aquinas since 1369.
Saint-Pierre des Cuisines Church

8) Saint-Pierre des Cuisines Church

The Church of Saint-Pierre des Cuisines, located on Place Saint-Pierre, is the oldest church in southwestern France. It was built on an ancient, fourth-century, Gallo-Roman necropolis. It was declared a historical monument in 1977. Today, it is an auditorium that seats 400.
Saint Nicolas Church

9) Saint Nicolas Church

Saint Nicolas Church is located in Toulouse's Saint Cyprien neighborhood on the left bank of the Garonne River. This church was rebuilt in 1300 in the typical Gothic style. Its octagonal tower is an elaborate copy of the towers on Saint-Sernin and Jacobins Churches. Also, like these sacred buildings, it has arched windows.

Walking Tours in Toulouse, France

Create Your Own Walk in Toulouse

Create Your Own Walk in Toulouse

Creating your own self-guided walk in Toulouse is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Toulouse Markets and Shopping Streets

Toulouse Markets and Shopping Streets

At Galeries Lafayette, a renowned Toulouse department store, you can find exclusive French items for sale. However, to discover some great bargains, visit Toulouse's street markets. At the markets, you will see everything from fresh, organic vegetables to antiques. Take this tour to explore the best shopping areas and markets of Toulouse.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Toulouse Introduction Walk

Toulouse Introduction Walk

Toulouse is an enchanting city and much of its beauty is found in the amazing details of its old, elaborate architecture and historic landmarks. Discover the noteworthy bridges, buildings and statues of Toulouse with this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

Toulouse, also called the Pink City due to its original brick architectural style, has a unique cultural scene. It is the center of Occitan culture in France, because the renowned Académie des Jeux Floraux is located here. The Occitan cross is, in fact, the symbol of Toulouse. Take this self-guided tour to gain some insight into the cultural life of Toulouse.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Architectural Jewels of Toulouse

Architectural Jewels of Toulouse

Even if you are not an architectural expert, you can appreciate the beauty of Toulouse's historic buildings. Walk the streets of Toulouse and admire medieval 16th-century buildings alongside 19th-century structures. Take this tour and explore the hospitals, hotels, churches and plazas that make Toulouse unique.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Eastern Toulouse Tour

Eastern Toulouse Tour

Many of Toulouse's most popular attractions are located in the historical center of the city. However, if you want to explore Toulouse further, visit the eastern part of the city. You will see more locals and be able to better practice your French. Take this tour to explore the eastern part of Toulouse.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Toulouse Museums Tour

Toulouse Museums Tour

Toulouse is the sixth-largest city in France and has an endless list of interesting places to visit. Some of the city's most noteworthy attractions are its museums, where you will find a large array of paintings, artifacts, sculptures and more. Take the time to explore the beautiful museums and galleries of Toulouse on this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles

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