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Old June 2nd, 2013, 03:16 PM   #501
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And then here is the Saint-Sernin square, dominated by the big church of the same name, jewel of the Romanic architecture. I won't show much of it, as we have ever seen it.






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Old June 2nd, 2013, 03:20 PM   #504
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Several bas-reliefs value the Work: the baker, the sculptor, the iron craftsman, the writer, the gatherer of fruits, the carpenter and the union activist!
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the Saint-Raymond museum (yet seen), which building was built in 1523 :




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Here is the Dubarry mansion, with a little commonplace history and now part of a high school :


The outside does not seem like much, but the inside is more interesting:


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Jean-Baptiste Dubarry, nicknamed " the sly ", served as go-between with king Louis XV (ageing and depressive after the death of his favorite madam of Pompadour) and Jeanne Bécu, magnificent young woman of low extraction who had to cheer up the last years of king.
At this time the rules in the court required that the favorite of king was noble and married. Never mind, Jean-Baptiste Dubarry married his younger brother, Guillaume, a local country squire of province, with Jeanne Bécu who became by there " countess of du Barry ".
Recognizing of services provided, Louis XV made the fortune of both brothers, who turned around in Toulouse where Jean-Baptiste built this mansion.
Since a few years a repair - not still finished - returns little by little its luster to the mansion:




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The Benedictines who had occupied the mansion after 1817 destroyed or masked several "courteous" paintings. In this room which served as girls' dormitory, this ceiling was fortunately covered with wallpaper and not destroyed, favor maybe at the head of Flora that they had left visible by a "small window" and of which they said to their young boarders that it was the head of the Virgin.


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I enjoyed those pictures. Thanks.

I think Toulouse is just beautiful.
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Old September 18th, 2013, 04:51 PM   #513
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superbe travail

The first time I came to Toulouse (from Paris), I was surprised to discover an “exotic” town, very different from any town I knew in France. It was tempting to link it to something else, and the obvious option was Italy, first of all because of the material (the brick is widely used in places like Venice or Roma , and even more in the red cities of Bologna and Ferrara), secondly because of the wealth in old architecture and art (the medieval heritage of Toulouse is stunning, despite of so many destructions in the 19th century, and the renaissance heritage is unmatched in all of France).
But unlike Nice, Toulouse doesn’t belong to the Italian cultural realm. She is deeply rooted in her own land and history. The style of Toulouse buildings can only be found in the surrounding villages and old towns of Montauban and Albi.

As a big lover of the old Toulouse, I watched every picture with delight: this is simply the most complete description of old Toulouse I have seen.

Many of the spots here are little known by the Toulouse inhabitants and many are real discoveries for me (like the 16th century frescoes in the remote church “les Minimes” or this old column in the public finances building “rue des Lois”).

Furthermore a part of the old Toulouse shown here, is hidden behind doors and gates, privately own or used for activities not relative to tourism.
Even concerning the tourist monuments, it is difficult to see that much (I never managed to climb like you the first floor in Saint Sernin, or to go inside the choir of Saint Pierre).

These pictures also reveal a very good eye (how many times did I walk in “rue Tripieres” without ever notice these lovely small rabbits on the wall !).

In one sentence: this is more than a picture thread, this is in my view a “serious” achievement intended to art lovers.

Grazie mille !
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Thank you for your kind comments.
I'll show more soon, I hope.
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Old September 20th, 2013, 02:54 PM   #516
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Hi, here is a five minutes clip I made with some of the pictures I used on this thread:
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I was fortunate enough to stay in Castanet-Tolosan for around a month during European summer. Such a gorgeous city, far exceeded my expectations. Going through this thread is a great reminder of why I loved this city and the surrounds so much.

Quick question in relation to the churches. It seems as though they have started stripping back the blue/star covered ceilings? Is there any particular reason for this, I was fairly disappointed.
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Old September 22nd, 2013, 11:30 AM   #518
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Great, very nice photos from Toulouse
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Hi mattie,
I do not know about what you're talking, do you know the name of the church you're thinking to ?
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