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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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  • I organized a visit to Toulouse for my family by the tourist office and visited the Church of St. sernin, and other monuments. The guide was very interesting and we learned many things.
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  • This magnificent basilica is located in the Centre of Toulouse. Spacious and must visit.
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  • The Saint-Sernin Basilica is a masterpiece of Romanesque art, and is on the world heritage (UNESCO). High in honor of Saint Saturninus (or Sernin), first bishop of Toulouse, its construction spanned from the eleventh to the thirteenth century. Inside, 5 further vaulted naves converge on the chorus. Be sure to visit the crypt to the relics which testifies to the importance of the pilgrimage throughout the centuries. On Saturday around 4 p.m., under the buffet of organ starts a visit whose only interest is to be able to access the forums.
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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.