This magnificent monastery and its peaceful cloister have had a stormy history. In 1234 Pope Gregory IX made one of the ... More
Couvent des Jacobins
This magnificent monastery and its peaceful cloister have had a stormy history. In 1234 Pope Gregory IX made one of the Dominican friars Inquisitor, and in the same year, four other brothers lit the first fire of the Inquisition. Disgusted by their behavior, the population threw the monks out of the city in 1235. But they were back a year later. There is plenty to look at in this extraordinary Gothic edifice. The floor is black marble, and the apse, called The Palm of Jacobins is quite famous. On the head of one of the columns, a bull's head symbolizes the martyr, Saint Saturnin.
For anyone interested in the history of the Church or in great minds of the middle ages, this is a must-see location. Secluded along a side street, the humble exterior belies the significance of what lies inside. St Thomas Aquinas, one of the Church's most brilliant minds and teachers, is buried under the altar table. Also not to be missed is the palm roof - a beautiful and absolutely unique piece of architecture. The only con to the church is that non-students and seniors must pay a fee to enter the serene cloister, which seemed a bit high. All told, however, if you came looking for St Thomas Aquinas, you likely won't flinch at the cost - in any event, still worth it for the view.
This park comprises three large gardens, which are connected by footbridges above the traffic: the Jardin des Plantes, Jardin Royal
and Grand Rond. Wide paths wind around old trees, fountains, flowerbeds and ponds, and there are swings and pony ...
This museum changes its poster exhibition three times a year. The collections are diverse, sometimes devoted to a specific French
or foreign artist, such as Toulouse Lautrec or Folon, sometimes concerned with such themes as the bicycle, May 1968, ...
It took 12,000 workers and over ten years to build the canal connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Pierre Paul
Riquet designed it in 1667 to boost the local economy; it is now considered one of the masterpieces of ...
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