|Toulouse - Top Attractions
Built around the middle of the first century AD, the Amphitheatre
is the only Roman monument in Toulouse that can still be seen in
It was built during the same time as the other buildings of the
settlement. It was the scene of gladiatorial combats until the very
end of the IVth century. The Musee reveals some of the archaeology
and history of the site.
Now the home of the Town Hall and the Theatre National du Capitole,
this building is remarkable for its façade with its eight
pink marble columns.
The best international conductors and artists perform in this concert
hall. The programme includes opera and operetta, international singing
competitions, recitals and ballet. The famous Capitole Orchestra,
conducted by Michel Plasson, plays to a full house.
You are advised to book tickets well in advance.
L'Ensemble conventuel des Jacobins
This outstanding building built during the XIIIth and XIVth centuries,
is a magnificent example of monastic architecture. Made up of brick,
it is a true gem of Languedoc Gothic art, and features an incomparable
palm-tree vault with 22 ribs supporting the roof of the polygonal
choir. The cloister with its succession of gracious arches, and
the refectory in which exhibitions are mounted round, Make a visit
to this beautiful complex of ldings.
La Cathédrale Saint-Etienne
Built over five centuries back, the cathedral has a somewhat bewildering
effect, as the ideas about architecture then were considerably different.
In addition, it houses a number of interesting features, such as
its stained glass, paintings, the large rose window, and its 17
chapels. Nevertheless, the unusual architecture of the building
manages to mesmerize visitor.
La Basilica of Saint-Sernin
Erected in the second half of the XIth century, Western world houses
the sepulcher of Saint-Saturnin, martyred in the year 250. The place
used to be an important stopping place for the pilgrims to Compostella.
The crypt of the basilica contains a host of relics. Visitors come
to admire the XIXth century chalices and ciboria, as well as the
main altar and capitals and tympanums dating from the XIth and XIIth
The Toulouse museums have moments of deep pleasure in store for
those who enjoy their discoveries. The collections present a wide
range of different facets of History and different cultures.
The ‘Abattoirs’, gallery showcases modern and contemporary
art. In addition, powerful and enriching exhibits captivate the
visitors with legendary tales and beliefs.