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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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  • Just arrived in town visited for this beautiful and interesting basilica, conspicuous for its distinctive Bell Tower, impressive, not to be missed
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  • A must see attraction whilst you’re here, and a major stopping point on the pilgrimage to Compostela  more »
  • original exhibition on saint sernin Basilica. nearby in the Capitol Square. Romanesque architecture
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  • Beautiful, unique campanile. The church is nice and free entry. Worth the visit.
  • Incredible piece of architecture both on the inside and outside. A must see in Toulouse..
  • One of the best historical landmarks in town, really beautiful church with ancient ruins and details. A place to visit, absolutely!
  • Utterly awe-inspiring. Free entry.
  • Amazing to see! Architecture from the 1100s....

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Where to stay in Toulouse

Staying in the Saint Cyprien district on the west side of the Garonne River is a fabulous way to enjoy Toulouse. Consider a stay in one of the district’s historic hotels. Alternatively, you can take full advantage of the city’s nightlife with a stay in the Arnaud Bernard district, where bars and cafes line the streets.
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