San Sernin Night III

Night falls over the San Sernin Basilica in Toulouse.


The Basilique de San Sernin stands with its wedding cake bell tower only a short walk away from the central Capitole square in Toulouse, in the heart of the old town.


Building of the church was started in 1080AD and was the basilica was constructed entirely in the Romanesque style, with no Gothic touches.


The church was built to house the remains of the city’s first bishop, St Sernin, whom the Romans through the city by bulls until he died. The street leading up to the basilica is named Rue du Taur in recognition of this as it is the route the bulls and the body took.


There are a large number of reliquaries (body parts of Saints) in the crypt inside the basilica, amassed using funds from French kings, the city government and officials and pilgrims heading to Santiago in Spain.

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Taken on September 6, 2011