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Basilique St. Sernin, Toulouse

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Contact: +33 5 6121 8045
Open Hours: Mo to Sa from 08:30 AM to 06:00 PM,Su from 08:30 AM to 07:30 PM
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.