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Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines Church

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"Saint-Pierre des cuisines" is one of the oldest churches in the southwest of France and one of the first Christian churches of Toulouse.
The name "des cuisines" that literally means in nowadays French "of the kitchens" comes actually from "coquinis" the old local language word for little craftsmen, which was an accurate description of the activity of the neighborhood's inhabitants.
The existence of the "Saint-Pierre des cuisines" church is recorded starting from the 11th century. The archaeological excavations are showing that the structure was built on the site of a Gallo-Roman necropolis dating from the 4th century Christian era. During the 12th and 13th century the church hosted major public events like the successive 1189, 1195 and 1222 proclamations of the city of Toulouse population right by the respective Counts of Toulouse Raymond 5th, 6th and 7th.
The church that was enlarged and renovated several times throughout the centuries still displays beautiful 11th century entrance columns capitals and interior outstanding 16th century pictures of "Old Testament" personages.

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Visiting Hours:Year round Monday from 10am to 1pm. During the month of August open every day from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm.


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