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  • Address: Place Saint-Sernin
  • Hours: Open daily from 8am - 12:30pm, 2pm - 6pm (7:30pm on Sundays). Sunday mass at 9am, 10:30am and 6:30pm
  • Admission: Free

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Basilique Saint-Sernin

The former abbey church of St. Sernin is an ancient Romanesque beauty dating back to around 1190. In fact, the Basilique Saint-Sernin is the most complete Romanesque building in France.

The basilica’s unusual 8-sided, 5-tiered tower was added in the 13th century, and was topped by a spire in the 15th century.

St. Sernin is huge, built of brick and featuring rounded apses and chapels, soaring barrel and rib-vaulted ceilings, and a chapel-ringed ambulatory encircling the nave.

The basilica was an important stop for pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela, and houses the tomb of St Sernin beneath a sumptuous 18th-century canopy.

Practical Info

The Basilique Saint-Sernin is on the northern edge of the Old Quarter of Toulouse. The closest metro stop is Capitole.

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