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Basilique Saint-Sernin, Toulouse
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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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Toulouse holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Basilique Saint-Sernin and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The most beautiful gothic church I've seen is that of Palma de Majorca. Saint Sernin is the most superb of the Romanesque. Pure and grandiose.
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  • Most of my travels in Europe involve seeing beautiful cathedrals and this is no exception. It's different to others being quiet modest in decor but is a must! Beautiful yet elegant! 
  • A beautiful environment with a great sense of calm. A simply styled basilica with and interesting history. We were fascinated with this area - there was a flea market outside full of North African and...  more »
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  • A splendid basilica with terrific architecture. The inside is also worth a visit. Don't forget to get into the crypt if you find the time
  • There is a market here on Sunday mornings, reminiscent of middle east souks but less friendly and should be avoided at all costs! I have no idea what possessed the local authorities to allow it. Beggars and hawkers bar your way to this UNESCO heritage site which is both sad and disappointing
  • Lots of relics in this church. This is said to have the same floor plan as Santiago de Compostella.
  • A lovely place to visit
  • Comparing the great church in Albi, 1 hour's driving to the north of Toulouse, to visit here is a waste of time.