The “European Heritage Days” 2017 made for another opportunity to visit, entrance free, “Les Augustins” the most important art museum of Toulouse.
The museum is housed in a former Augustine monastery, a big building complex situated now in the very center of the city and erected between the 14th and the 15th centuries in southern gothic style.
While the museum exhibits sculptures and paintings belonging to the last 800 years, the focus of my visit was the collection of mainly Romanesque style column capitals and other religious sculptures dating from the 12th century. The sculptures represent mainly religious scenes of the New and Old Testament, the Holy Land – Count Raymond IV of Toulouse (1041 –1105) was one of the major players in the First Crusade – but also mythological scenes, legends of saints and folk tales.
This compilation of ecclesiastical art objects acquired from the former priory of Notre Dame de la Daurade, the Saint-Sernin Basilica and the Saint-Etienne cathedral forms one of the most valuable collection of religious sculptures in the world.
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!