Driving north we arrived at Toulouse, capital of the former province Languedoc and nowadays headquarter of Airbus Industries. At an elevation of 130 meters above the Mediterranean sea level the Canal du Midi passes through the city.
|The Canal du Midi from Sete to Toulouse and the Robine de Narbonne (©Wikipedia/dringend)|
Toulouse's Capitol was built in 1750 on the site of previous official buildings that date back to 1160 not regarding earlier Roman constructions.
|Toulouse's Capitol version 18th century|
|The impressive steeple of Saint Cernin|
|Closer look on the choir of the basilica|
|Saint Cernin's Romanesque nave gives the impression |
of a rather Gothic interior
|Saint Cernin's ordeal (©Wikipedia/Polylerus)|
In 250 the pope sent Bishop Saturninus to bring the gospel to Gaul. One day in passing Toulouse's Capitol the Roman authorities ordered him to worship Caesar in sacrificing a bull. When Saturninus refused they attached him to the beast killing him by dragging his body over the steps of the Capitol.
Toulouse's curiosity is the Gothic cathedral Saint Etienne a patchwork construction both from the out- and the inside.
|The main entrance to Saint Etienne|
|An altar for many holy popes|
|Toulouse's Jacobine Priory (©Wikipedia/Pom)|
|The breath taking interior|
|Thomas Aquinas' illuminated shrine below the altar|
Jacobine's cloister is an oasis of tranquility.
Here repose Toulouse's rich people at the end of the 17th century, the craftsmen:
|Leaving the Jacobine priory |
Red Baron admired a guy playing some sort of viola la gamba ...
|... for this couple embraced in love?|
While Toulouse is called the Ville Rose Albi is known for its red brick buildings as Ville Rouge situated on the river Tarn.
|Old bridge over the river Tarn|
|All cathedrals in the world are building sites, forever|
|High Altar: The gospel is knocking at the door|
|Sainte Cecile's altar|
|No, this is neither the entrance to the museum |
nor are these the girls of Moulin Rouge
|This is how we all know Toulouse-Lautrec's artwork ...|
|... but here is Napoleon ...|
|... and here is the arrogant Prussian lieutenant entering |
Paris following France's defeat in the War of 1870/71