Visit Toulouse by Mouse
pretty much covers what we learned about it from our visit. It describes three things we liked a great deal: The Jacobin
Monastery and Church
, which has the unusual feature of a single row of columns down the middle of the nave with palm frond-like arched
vaults above them, has a beautiful and serene cloister,and also contains a reliquary which contains the ashes of St. Thomas Aquinas
a late thirteenth century Catholic priest and philosopher; the Bemberg Museum
, a private collection of some very fine works or art;
and the main square facing the Capital building which houses the city hall and the theater. Our photo
) page shows all three.
The Wikipedia travel link
for Toulouse shows a better photo of the Capital building.
Two other things about Toulouse are worth a mention. In the 13th century, the Cathars (Albigensians)
were a major competitive force
to Catholicism in Toulouse and elsewhere in what then was known as Languedoc
. And, from about the mid 15th century to the mid 16th,
the city prospered from developing a pastel blue dye from the woad flower that grew prolifically in the area. Beautiful Renaissance
buildings in the town were built from the profits of the pastel traders.