Top 5 sights in Toulouse

Basilica of St. Sernin Kathleen Tyler Conklin/Flickr

Basilica of St. Sernin ©Kathleen Tyler Conklin/Flickr

Located in the southwestern part of France, Toulouse is one of the most gorgeous cities of the country. As a typical Southern France city, Toulouse has two historic sites which were added on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites: the Basilica of St. Sernin and the Canal Du Midi. Besides, there are further other landmarks and visitor attractions in Toulouse. With numerous museums, religious buildings, open spaces and other sights, the city is a great tourist destination. Are you interested in making a visit to this beautiful city? I suggest you to read the following guide to find out more about this destination. Below I will present you the top 5 sights of Toulouse.

The Basilica of St. Sernin

As one of the major landmarks of Toulouse, the Basilica of St. Sernin is a majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is considered to be the largest Romanesque church of Europe. Besides it is famous for housing the most beautiful pipe organ of France. The beautiful church is renowned for its architectural beauty and for its size. If you visit Toulouse, you can not miss this church.

Basilica of St. Sernin Kathleen Tyler Conklin/Flickr

Basilica of St. Sernin ©Kathleen Tyler Conklin/Flickr

The Canal du Midi

The famous Canal du Midi is actually a 240 km long canal running in Southern France. As one of the oldest canals of the country, the Canal du Midi was inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The canal also runs through Toulouse, being a main landmark of the city.

The Capitole de Toulouse

One of the most beautiful architectural landmarks of the city, the Capitole de Toulouse is surely one of the top 5 sights of Toulouse. Located in the heart of the city, on the Place du Capitole, the famous landmark is very attractive among tourists. The building houses the Hôtel de Ville, the Donjon du Capitole and the Théâtre du Capitole (the opera house).

Capitole de Toulouse Pierre-Selim/Flickr

Capitole de Toulouse ©Pierre-Selim/Flickr

The Hôtel d’Assézat

Another remarkable architectural jewel of the city is the famous Hôtel d’Assézat. It is one of the numerous hôtel particuliers of France. The Renaissance building is very attractive among tourists. The 16th century building houses today an important art gallery of the city, named the Bemberg Foundation. The gallery presents one of the main private collections of art of the continent, including works by Monet, Gauguin, Cézanne and so on.

Court of Hôtel d'Assézat styeb/Flickr

Court of Hôtel d’Assézat ©styeb/Flickr

The Musée des Augustins de Toulouse

As one of the numerous museums of the city, the Musée des Augustins de Toulouse is a major visitor attraction. Housed in a former Gothic convent, the museum is actually the fine arts museum of the city. It presents a collection of paintings and sculpture dating from the Middle Ages up to the early 20th century.

 

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