This is the largest remaining Romanesque church in the world. It takes its name from Saint Saturnin, a Christian martyr, who ... More
Basilique St. Sernin
This is the largest remaining Romanesque church in the world. It takes its name from Saint Saturnin, a Christian martyr, who was tied to a bull and dragged to his death in 250 AD. In 402 his remains, previously kept in the du Taur church, were moved here and a small church, Saint-Exupère, was built around them. Work on the present basilica started around 1080. It is worth visiting for the exterior brickwork, the two crypts, the tympanum over the main door depicting Christ's ascension, and the 800 sculpted column heads.
outstanding ! the brickwork is just incredible, so colourful, and it gives an interesting plasticity. The vault is interesting indeed, certainly not as amazing as the so-called Palmtree of the Jacobins church nearby but is worth spending some time !
I lived in Toulouse for five months, during which time this was my local parish church (I lived in the diverse and vibrant Quartier Arnaud Bernard just north). St-Sernin is the oldest Romanesque church in the Western World, and is absolutely gorgeous inside and out. The story of Saint Saturnin is also fascinating, explaining the adjoining Rue du Taur and the location.
When Saturnin was the Roman bishop, pagans tied him to a bull they were sacrificing, and sent it running north. The bull followed the path of Rue du Taur (road of the bull), and stopped on the location of the present day church. One of the most beautiful sights in Toulouse.
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In 1843, following requests by the neighborhood, the city of Toulouse organized an architectural competition to design this church. The
winning project was a neo Gothic construction, which suited the local tastes of the time, but the Parisian Civilian ...
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