The little train in Toulouse

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The tour

Discover Toulouse, step 1:
Place du Capitole


The Place du Capitole, situated in front of the town hall is the main square of Toulouse. The Capitole (the town hall building) was built in the 18th century. It has a superb facade using brick, stone and marble. The eight columns symbolise the eight « capituls », or governors who administered the city from the middle ages to the revolution.

Discover Toulouse, step 2:
Église du Taur


This recalls the story of Saint-Sernin, first bishop of Toulouse, martyred by the Romans in the year 250 AD. In those days, Christians were being heavily persecuted. The bishop was tied to a bull that was originally meant for sacrifice. The animal charged off, the rope broke, and the bishop was killed. His body was buried in the place of the present Eglise du Taur.

Discover Toulouse, step 3:
La Basilique St Sernin


The Saint-Sernin Basilica was built mainly during the 11th and 12th centuries to house Saint-Sernin's tomb. This important example of western art is the biggest romanesque edifice preserved in France. 115 metres long, this building was designed to receive crowds of pilgrims on their way to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle in Spain. It is built in the shape of a Latin cross.

Discover Toulouse, step 4:
St. Pierre des Chartreux


The Saint-Pierre-des-Chartreux church's dome, covered with slate and surmounted by Saint-Baptiste statue. We can also see the old cloister des Chartreux arches which were installed at Toulouse during the religious wars.

Discover Toulouse, step 5:
St. Pierre des Cuisines


The Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines church is an ancient romanesque building built on an old necropolis that existed before the Basilique Saint-Sernin. Today it is a 450 places auditorium.

Discover Toulouse, step 6:
Place St Pierre


The pleasant Place Saint-Pierre, laid out as we see it now at the end of the 18th century, is a lively square with lots of cafes frequented by the student population. From the Quai Saint-Pierre there is a superb panorama ; note especially on the other side of the river, the imposing silhouette of the Chapelle de la Grave. The copper covered dome is the highest of the town, at 67 metres.

Discover Toulouse, step 7:
Église de la Daurade


the Eglise de la Daurade owes its name to the former 5th century edifice that was decorated with mosaics made of gold. It was known as the golden church. The monumental facade of stone columns on your left was built at the beginning of the 19th century
. Inside, there is a statue of the black virgin still visited by devout Toulousains. .

Discover Toulouse, step 8:
École des Beaux-Arts


the Ecole des Beaux Arts where you will notice the busts of great French artists and architects.

Discover Toulouse, step 9:
Hôtel d'Assezat


the magnificent Hôtel d'Assézat, a gem of the renaissance period, contains the marvellous Bemberg collection of paintings. Assezat was a city governor whose fortune came from the pastel trade.

Discover Toulouse, step 10:
Cathédrale St Étienne


in the Place Saint-Etienne you can admire on the center, the « Griffoul », which is the most ancient public fountain of the city, because it was built in the 16th century. The Cathédrale Saint-Etienne looks strange because of its astonishing juxtposition of different buildings. Would you please note the enormous brick church tower-donjon, and the rose which is strangely out of center compared with the principal door.

Discover Toulouse, step 11:
Place St Georges


The Place Saint-Georges is one of the biggest square of the old Toulouse. The Hôtel de la Fage contributes to its harmony. In the past, the condemned were put to death in the square. The 10th of march 1762, Jean Calas, the famous burgess from Toulouse, was put to death on the pillory in this square. He was accused of the murder of his son. Then Voltaire started the Calas case, he asked for the review of the sentence. The council of the king quashed the trial, and three years later Jean Calas was rehabilitated.

Discover Toulouse, step 12:
Place Wilson


Place Wilson, where we are now, is one of the town's big public squares. It was built on the site of the Villeneuve Gate which was an opening in the ramparts of the ancient city. It was completed in 1834 after several decades of work. Notice how well planned it is and the regularity of the facades. Around 1860 the exceptionally high summer temperatures prompted the authorities to build a fountain in the square. It is embellished by a marble statue by the sculptor Falguière representing Peyre Goudouli, an Occitan poet of the beginning of the 18th century.