Toulouse, the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region, is located on the Garonne River, in a plain midway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. From the Garonne to the Canal du Midi, and from Saint Sernin to the Cité de l'espace, the many different faces of Toulouse invite visitors to come on a journey of discovery. The museums themselves are housed in buildings that are heritage jewels, or in astonishing converted industrial buildings. Some Key monuments and sights include the following:
Le Capitole - Now the home of the Town Hall and the Théâtre National du Capitole, this building is remarkable for its façade with its eight pink marble columns, its Cour Henri IV (which saw the assassination of the Duc de Montmorency) and the "Salle des Illustres" (inspired by the Galleria Farnese in Rome), where the gilt mouldings vie with the painted cartouches.
The Saint-Sernin basilica - This Romanesque building, considered to be the biggest in the western world, never fails to surprise by the size and beauty of its nave. Inside this 11th century brick masterpiece, one may discover and admire the capitals and tympanum of the 11th and 12th centuries, as well as visit the crypts which hold a treasure trove of reliquaries including that of Saint Saturnin, the martyred bishop of the city, to whom the building is devoted.
Ensemble Conventuel des Jacobins - Built entirely of brick, it is a true gem of Languedoc Gothic art, and features an incomparable palm-tree vault with 22 ribs supporting the roof of the polygonal choir. The cloister, with its succession of gracious arches, and the refectory, in which exhibitions are mounted, round off your visit to this beautiful complex of buildings.
The Saint-Etienne cathedral - Construction of this fascinating cathedral spanned five different centuries (from the 13th to the 17th) during which architectural taste changed considerably. The result is a uniqe mish-mash of styles.