Toulouse is without doubt one of the most essential cities within the south of France. The capital of Occitania is the third most touristic metropolis of the nation and has the fame of being the perfect college metropolis of the French state. Its local weather, its scholar environment or its gastronomy are a few of its most important sights. However it’s not solely a welcoming metropolis; Toulouse has quite a few cultural sights that justify a visit of no less than a weekend. Listed below are our options…!
What to see in Toulouse
Place du Capitole
The massive Capitol Sq., with an Occitan cross within the center, is within the coronary heart of the outdated city. It’s surrounded by a number of the historic buildings with their pinkish facades that gave Toulouse its nickname of “Pink Metropolis”. Amongst them is the Capitole, residence to the Metropolis Corridor and the Théâtre du Capitole. The unique constructing was in-built 1190, though its present look corresponds to an enormous restoration of 1750 within the neoclassical type.
Inside you may see stunning rooms with frescoes, murals and sculptures by totally different French artists (Henri Martin, Jean-Paul Laurens, Paul Gervais…). Behind the capital, the Donjon stands out, a former archive tower that right now homes the Vacationer Workplace. Returning to the sq., do not miss the Gallery of the Porticos with work by Raymond Moretti that inform the historical past of the town. And be sure you take a stroll down Rue Saint-Rome, probably the most essential streets within the historic centre.
Basilica of Saint Sernin
The Basilica of Saint Sernin, declared a World Heritage Website, is without doubt one of the largest Romanesque monuments in France. Its basis stone was laid in 1070 on the stays of the temple that had till then housed the relics of San Santurnino (or Sernín), and which was already an essential place of pilgrimage on the Method of Saint James alongside the By way of Tolosana.
The outside options an octagonal tower, typical of Toulouse structure, and the Porte de Miègeville, with its marble tympanum representing the Ascension of Christ. Inside, to not be missed are the crypt, with relics of saints; the principle chapel, with the cover product of sculpted wooden and marble; and the choir stalls.
This former convent, constructed between 1229 and 1341, was occupied by the Dominicans till the start of the French Revolution. Now transformed right into a museum, it’s recognized for its Gothic structure (with a curious palm-shaped vault as probably the most exceptional characteristic) and for housing the relics of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The doorway to the outdated church the place its reliquary is situated is free, though it’s important to pay to see the cloister and a number of other rooms with exhibitions.
The Cathedral of Saint-Étienne de Toulouse is an architectural puzzle; one might nearly say that it’s “not nicely completed”. Actually, it’s the results of quite a few extensions relationship again to the 13th century (and possibly a lot additional). The outside, not very stunning, stands out if something for its eclectic type. The inside, nonetheless, is imposing, majestic. The choir, the organ, the excessive altar, the stained glass home windows (authentic), the tomb of Riquet (builder of the Canal du Midi) and the aspect chapels are to not be missed.
Probably the most iconic photos of Toulouse is that of the Pont Neuf crossing the Garonne River. This pink brick bridge was began in 1544 by order of the capitouls (rulers of the town in medieval occasions). Its completion, nonetheless, was delayed till 1632 due to the French Wars of Faith. One in all its most curious components is the big tubes discovered within the pillars, designed to help the floods of the Garonne.
From the bridge, wanting north, you may see on the left the Hôtel Dieu and the photogenic dome of the Saint-Joseph de la Grave chapel. On the fitting hand aspect is the Basilica de la Dorada.
Museum of the Augustinians
The Musée des Augustins de Toulouse, opened in 1795, is without doubt one of the three oldest museums in France. The complicated was initially an Augustinian convent consecrated in 1504. In its greatest occasions it had almost 200 monks, however after the French Revolution it was virtually deserted. The museum, which incorporates the cloister, the church and outdated monastic rooms, homes an exhibition of artwork from the Paleochristian period to the early years of the 20th century.
The Hôtel d’Assézat is a former manorial residence belonging to the service provider and capitoul Pierre d’Assézat. Constructed between 1555 and 1557, this constructing is without doubt one of the greatest and oldest works of the French Renaissance. At this time it’s the headquarters of a number of scientific associations and of the Bemberg Basis, an artwork gallery with work from the 15th to the 20th century. The spectacular inside courtyard could be visited freely.
Toulouse is the town the place the Mediterranean and the Atlantic meet. The Canal du Midi, a wonderful engineering work from 1681 protected as a World Heritage Website, begins its 241 km journey to Sète within the Ponts-Jumeaux. From the identical level, however heading west, the Canal du Midi makes its method over 193 km to Castets-en-Dorthe, the place it joins the Garonne earlier than flowing into the Atlantic. Lastly, the charming Canal de Brienne connects the 2 rivers to the Garonne and nearly reaches the center of Toulouse.
Along with strolling or biking alongside the aspect paths, a great way to benefit from the canals is to take a ship trip. The primary firm providing this service is “Bateaux Toulousains”.
Pure Historical past Museum and Plant Backyard
Simply over 1.5 km from the very centre of Toulouse are two magnificent locations for households with kids: the Pure Historical past Museum and the Plant Backyard. As for the previous, it’s a enormous museum (greater than 6000 m²) devoted to pure sciences. The earth, residing beings, life over time, the wants of man and life sooner or later are the central themes. Only a few meters from the doorway is the Jardin des Plantes, a big public park with streams, playgrounds, merry-go-rounds, a bit practice, and so forth.
Aeroscopia is a big aeronautical museum situated in a 7000 m² hangar 10 km from the centre. It was not a go to that we had deliberate, and but it appears to us that it is without doubt one of the must-see locations in Toulouse. Though the value is considerably excessive (14 euros in 2020), the reality is that the exhibition of planes, gentle plane and helicopters is spectacular. You’ll be able to see a Concorde inside, take a stroll in an Airbus A300B or ponder the well-known “Tremendous Guppy” cargo aircraft. It’s price renting an audio information (in Spanish), though there are data panels in English and French.
Cité de l’espace
The go to to the Cité de l’Espace was our most important excuse to go to Toulouse. On this massive theme park you may study the whole lot concerning the conquest of area, uncover extraterrestrial treasures, study concerning the lifetime of astronauts, see spaceships (originals and replicas), and so forth. The IMAX®, the planetarium, the duplicate of the Ariane, the Soyuz capsule or the MIR (you may enter the latter) are a number of the jewels within the crown.
The Cité de l’espace is a perfect place for lovers of astronomy and area exploration, however throughout our go to we discovered some detrimental factors: costly entrance, many actions solely in French and numerous folks (it’s important to queue usually, though they’re by no means lengthy). Additionally, as anticipated, the eating places and bars are fairly costly. Fortunately, the car parking zone is free and big.