Toulouse Sights and Landmarks Guide, France
Toulouse is one of the oldest cities in France and boasts of a rich cultural heritage, tradition and a glorious past. Toulouse has many attractive sights and places of interest to offer its visitors.
Basilique Saint Sernin
It is the largest Romanesque church in France. Christ’s resurrection is depicted on the tympanum of the PORTE MIEGEVILLE.
The famous pastel merchant Pierre d’Assezat got this splendid city Palais erected in 1558 and it is located at a corner of RUE DE METZ. It is flanked on two sides by PONT NEUF and PLACE ESQUIROL. Now it houses one of the oldest and most distinguished literary institutions in Europe - the ACADEMIE DES JEUX FLORAUX founded by the troubadours.
Musee du Vieux Toulouse
The whole history of Toulouse right from its inception has come alive in this museum housing all the historical and artistic materials used by its inhabitants from the days of its genesis.
One entire side/façade of the central PLACE DU CAPITOLE is taken up by this town hall and beneath its intricately carved arches lie the shopping joints and the dining haunts of the buzzing city. Behind the town hall stands the magnificent DONJON or a defensive tower belonging to the renaissance era.
Quai de la Daurade
It is a beautiful harbor offering a scenic view of the city and dates back to the middle ages
Cathedrale Saint Etienne
Toulouse abounds in cathedrals. This particular magnificent cathedral is a standing testimony of the northern French gothic architecture. It took a long time to build this cathedral and the building period spans over 6 centuries starting from 11th century and ending in 17th century. Naturally the architectural style is a conglomeration of different architectural influences from different periods.
Cite de l’Espace
As you must be knowing, the other popular epithet for Toulouse is CITY OF OUTER SPACE. This particular tourist must-visit arrestingly depicts all aspects of space travel in the astronomical garden, in the international space station and under the cupola of the planetarium that is three dimensional.
Some of the other must visits in Toulouse include ESPACE ART MODERNE ET CONTEMPORAIN, MUSEE SAINT RAYMOND, HOTEL DE BERNUY, PORT DE L’EMBOUCHURE, CHAPELLE DES CARMELITES, HOTEL DE COMERE, MUSEE D’ART MODERNE, PARC DES EXPOSITIONS, PORTE C, EGLISE SAINT NICOLAS, EGLISE SAINT PIERRE DES CHARTEUX ETC.
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