A masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, Basilique Saint-Sernin has undergone significant renovations over the past 40 years to make it a worthy pilgrimage site on the route of St. James. One of its main attractions is a contemporary bust sculpture of John Paul II. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the basilica features a bell tower, 12th-century mural paintings, a crypt, a treasure trove, and the can’t-miss marble altar dating back to 1096 CE, when it was directly consecrated by Pope Urban II. If you're lucky, you'll hear a talented organist play the circa 1888 grand Cavaillé-Coll organ. Arrange to visit Basilique Saint-Sernin and other attractions in Toulouse using our Toulouse holiday planner .
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Basilique Saint-Sernin Reviews
Mon endroit préféré à Toulouse. La place de Saint-Sernin avec sa basilique est vraiment magnifique depuis sa restauration. more »My favorite place in Toulouse. The square of Saint-Sernin with its basilica is really beautiful since its restoration.
Awesome experience. Wish there was more literature in English. The staff were very accommodating of my old parents. There is currently restoration work going on. It is a priceless grand building and I... more »
Certainly the most beautiful cathedral in Toulouse, and a crypt well worth a visit. I'd love to know how the place was lit back in the days before electricity. Definitely some serious candles suppliers would have been necessary. Beautifully cool in the heat of summer months, but bone chillingly cold during winter. The architecture and decoration of the cathedral is stunning. Especially the 18th century altar and canopy. Certainly a must-see in Toulouse.
This Basilica located in the heart of Toulouse is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The architecture is very beautiful and it is one of the places to visit if you ever find yourself in Toulouse. It is somewhere in between the Capitol and the Daurade Bay. Therefore, there's no excuse if you don't visit this piece of ingenuity.
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