The Oldest Basilica in Toulouse

Although we’ve been here nearly a year, we still haven’t seen a lot of the local sites. So on a recent date night, Stoney and I toured the Basilica of St. Sernin right here in Toulouse. I’ve seen quite a few basilicas at this point, so I was wondering if I would find much “new.” Well, yes…

the mix of stone and “pink” brick

the multi-tiered bell tower

the soaring barrel-vaulted ceiling, in a very old basilica

the upper gallery

Looking toward the bell tower.

Looking toward the bell tower.

Following Stoney inside. This basilica began as a Romanesque church.

Following Stoney inside. This basilica began as a Romanesque church; its construction spanned five centuries.

This thing is huge for such an early church. It even has a second-floor gallery--the first I remember seeing.

This thing is huge for such an early church. It even has a second-floor gallery–the first I remember seeing.

The organ is quite imposing.

The organ is quite imposing.

There are concerts here on occasion, and I have hopes of attending one. I am very curious what the acoustics are in here. It made for a lovely date, and a cool escape from warm weather.

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