As it is the custom each year around Christmas time, inside the churches in France (and all over the world) followers re-create the scene of the nativity – called here “la crèche de noel”.
Below are 7 of these displays in the churches of the south west France.
Saint Sernin Basilica is an UNESCO listed monument situated in the center of Toulouse. For more information about Saint Sernin click here.
Saint Etienne is the Cathedral of Toulouse, sometimes called the “unfinished” cathedral due to its multiple architectural styles. For more information about Saint Etienne Cathedral click here.
The Nativity Scene of Notre-Dame de la Dalbade Church of Toulouse is year after year considered the most elaborated display of this kind in Toulouse. A mandatory stop on the “ronde des crèches” of Toulouse.
Moirax is a little village situated some 10 km away from Agen (in the Lot-et-Garonne department of the southwest France) and was – still is – a stop on the road to Santiago de Compostela. Notre Dame de Moirax church was built during the 11th and 12th centuries.
Pulojs Le Haut is one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France” (“Plus Beaux Villages de France”). Its Saint Nicolas church was built in the 16th century.
Notre Dame du Bourg is a church situated in the in the little town of Rabastens on the axis Toulouse-Albi. The church was built starting in the in the 13th century at the end of the crusade against the cathars. It is now an UNESCO listed monument together with the other monuments of the French ways to Santiago de Compostela.
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi is the biggest brick built structure of the world. It is also a UNESCO monument. For more information about the cathedral and its renowned mural paintings click here
For the end of the year the outside walls of the Cathedral of Albi were the scene of a lights and music show for the enjoyment of both adults and children.
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!