Chapelle des Carmelites, Toulouse

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Admire the rare collection of sacred art at Chapelle des Carmelites, considered a masterpiece of the Pink City. King Louis XIII and his wife Anne of Austria laid the first stone of this chapel when it was built in 1667. See sculptures, paintings, and religious objects dating back more than eight centuries. Inspired by the Sistine Chapel, Jean-Pierre Rivals covered the roof and walls with 17th-century Baroque oil paintings depicting figures of the biblical virtues. Jean-Baptiste Despax, Jean-Pierre Rivals' successor, completed the chapel in the 18th century. Today the chapel serves as a coveted concert hall. The nave's vaulted ceiling features oak ribs, which create superior acoustics. Admission is free. Plan your Chapelle des Carmelites visit and explore what else you can see and do in Toulouse using our Toulouse trip app .
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  • This place is a bit off the well-trodden path, but the artwork is very much worth seeing. There's a curious mixture of old paintings with contemporary photographs and, near the entrance, apparent phot...  more »
  • This small chapel, so unassuming from the outside, is a marvel to look at! Beautiful afrescos/paintings. It was nice that they had a leaflet with a description of the paintings.  more »
  • Indeed, King Luis XIII pledged to contribute money for its construction but not fulfilled his promise. The present chapel was part of the convent. It was built from 1622 because the President of the Council of Toulouse had five daughters Carmelite. What you see now in the Chapel is only the wall decoration because the rest was destroyed during the revolution.
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  • interesting space. Visited during Rio loco festival, therefor there was a modern art exhibition in residence.
  • Beautifully painted chapel
  • Worth a visit. The murals on the wall and the ceiling are so beautiful.
  • Very intetesting
  • Its like a small Sistine Chapel!
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