A Day at the Museum(s)

The first Sunday of the month (September 2nd) we took advantage of the entrance free at several Toulouse museums.
The plan was to visit 3 museums situated not far from each other and not far from the Capitol square.
Unfortunately Le Musee du Vieux Toulouse – a museum dedicated to the history of Toulouse – that was second on our list was closed (without any door notice!!!).
We started with the most famous “Le Musee des Augustins” – a fine arts museum with an outstanding collection of Roman and Gothic sculptures as well a remarkable painting collection including works of Perugino, Guerchin, Rubens, Van Dyck, Tournier, Jouvenet, Delacroix, Ingres, Courbet, Laurens, Constant.
The building that houses the museum is a former Augustin monks convent dating from the 14th century.
In the 1463 a big part of the convent was destroyed by a fire that started at a near by bakery. It took the monks and their supporters almost a half of a century to rebuild the new religious house that was consecrated in 1504.
The convent was transformed in a museum shortly after the French Revolution.
The large and beautiful columns bordered cloister – built at the end of the 14th century is now in a… vegetable and aromatic plants garden, a peaceful oasis in the center of the city.
Seen from inside the museum impresses not only by the quality of its collection but also by its physical dimensions.
The third on our list (the Old Toulouse Museum being closed) but not the last by any means was the Saint Raymond museum.
The museum is dedicated to the period of time when the Gaul (more or less the France of today) was under Roman occupation and Toulouse was under the name Tolosa one of the most important cities in the west regions of the Roman empire.
The very museum building sits on a place where excavations brought to light relics from the antiquity like a limestone baking oven that can be seen in the basement.
The museum displays a collection of antique sculptures, mosaics, and decorative items found during excavations in Toulouse and other parts of the Narbonnaise Roman province.

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