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Church of the Jacobins

Study the Gothic fixtures and enjoy the light, airy feel of the nave, with its intricate vaulted ceiling patterns, in this wonderful church and museum.

The Church of the Jacobins is an enormous redbrick structure of Gothic design that dates back to the 13th century. This former church serves as a museum that contains the relics of iconic medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas as well as a range of ecclesiastical artifacts. Learn the interesting history of this large church, which served as Napoleonic barracks before becoming a museum.

Walk around the perimeter of the structure to inspect its array of fascinating architectural features. The south side is known for its pointed arches and intricate rose window. Snap photos of the octagonal bell tower, which is a fine example of Gothic architecture from southern France. 

Enter the church and appreciate the sheer size and majesty of the double nave. Gaze up at the imposing columns that divide the hall. The tops of these pillars are known as palm trees, as they split like branches into the vaulted ceiling.

Catch a glimpse of the subterranean reliquary of Thomas Aquinas, an Italian priest and philosopher from the 13th century. Stroll through the elegant colonnade of the 13th-century cloister and enjoy the serene ambiance of the well-kept lawn and trees of the courtyard. 

Examine some of the paintings that adorn the walls of the nave. Various informative plaques explain the context and history behind the artworks and architectural fixtures. Attend the temporary art and history exhibitions that take place in the chapter house, cloister and other open spaces within this former church.  

The Church of the Jacobins is in the center of Toulouse. Ride the metro to the Capitole station and walk west from the Capitole de Toulouse for about 5 minutes to get here. There is a fee to access the complex. Get free entrance for young kids. Make sure to see other sights in the area, such as La Daurade park, the Museum of Old Toulouse and Saint-Pierre Square.


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