9.19.09 - We spent three rainy days in Toulouse. We enjoyed walking everywhere.

The Université de Toulouse is a world renowned university and one of the oldest

in Europe (founded in 1229) with more than 97,000 students, and we saw them all!

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Above - Place du Président Thomas Wilson (Place Wilson)

Below - Sculptures in the park

                   

Toulouse is known as the Ville Rose ("Pink City") for its distinctive brick architecture.

Below - The Capitole houses city hall as well as  the Salle Gervais,

the Salle des Illustres, and the Salle Henri-Martin

Below - The Main Stairway and the Salle Gervais

                   

Above and Below - The Salle Henri-Martin with his impressionist paintings

of people along the Garonne (the river dividing Toulouse)

          

Below - The Salle des Illustres

                   

Below - Judith and Fred play with the gargoyles

         

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An Augustine monastery turned museum, a lovely example of southern Gothic architecture,

Musées des Augustins is listed as an historical monument. It dates from the 14th and

15th centuries, except for the small Classic cloister, which was completed in 1626

                   

Musée des Augustins houses an outstanding collection of 12th-century Romanesque sculpture,

a superb collection of paintings, and other sculpture ranging from the

Middle Ages to the early 20th century.

Below - Romanesque sculpture

                   

Below - Restoration of the Grand Hotel - Only the facade remains right now

                   

Below - Cathédrale St-Étienne

        

Built over the course of five centuries, this church is a combination of various styles, including

medieval stained-glass windows, tapestries and paintings, and the large rose window of 1230.

                   

Below - Toulouse's first large hospital was founded in the Middle Ages on the left bank

of the Garonne River. For centuries it was also used as a shelter for pilgrims on their way

to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle. There is a large shell sculpture in the gardens.

Below -  La Basilique St-Sernin is Europe's largest Romanesque church, built of brick,

stone and tile from the 11th to the 13th century, containing the tomb of Saint-Saturnin

or Sernin, martyr and bishop, who brought Christianity to Toulouse.