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Wednesday, Musée des Augustins and Basilique Saint-Sernin

Toulouse, France
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
In the morning we went to the Musée des Augustins which is in the Gothic style Augustinian convent built in 1309. The floor with the paintings was closed so the entry fee was discounted to 4 euros. We saw the Gothic and Romanesque Sculpture collection that was created from churches confiscated during the French Revolution in the late 1700s.

After the museum we walked to the Chapelle des Carmélites which has fantastic paintings that cover the interior walls and ceiling. There was a superb pianist playing while we enjoyed the religious works of art.

The Chapelle is near the Basilique Saint-Sernin which is where we went next. It is said that Saint-Sernin is the the basilica with the second largest collection of relics in the world after the Vatican. It's martyred namesake, Bishop Saturnin, refused to make sacrifices to the pagan gods and was tied by the feet to a bull and then torn to pieces as he was dragged by the animal. The Basilica is well worth a visit and free to enter but the crypt area has an entry fee of 2.50 euros.


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