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