The Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc-Roussillon

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  • 1. Abbaye St-Martin du Canigou

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Visitors tackling a steep half-hour climb from the parking area, come to make a pilgrimage—esthetic or spiritual—to this celebrated medieval...Read More

  • 2. Basilique St-Sernin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Toulouse's most famous landmark and the world's largest Romanesque church once belonged to a Benedictine abbey, built in the 11th century to...Read More

  • 3. Cathédrale Ste-Cécile

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the most unusual and dazzling churches in France, the huge Cathédrale Ste-Cécile (also known as Cathedrale d'Albi), with its intimidating...Read More

  • 4. Abbaye de St-Michel de Cuxa

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the gems of the Pyrénées, this medieval abbey's sturdy, crenellated bell tower is visible from afar. The remains of its cloisters are...Read More

  • 5. Ancienne Cathédrale St-Nazaire

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Rebuilt over several centuries after the sack of Béziers, the cathedral's western facade resembles a fortress for good reason—it served as a...Read More

  • 6. Cathédrale St-Étienne

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The cathedral was erected in stages between the 13th and the 17th century, though the nave and choir languished unfinished because of a lack...Read More

  • 7. Cathédrale St-Jean

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Note the frilly wrought-iron campanile and dramatic medieval crucifix on the Cathédrale St-Jean. ...Read More

  • 8. Cathédrale St-Just-et-St-Pasteur

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The town's former wealth is evinced by the 14th-century Cathédrale St-Just-et-St-Pasteur—its vaulting rises 133 feet from the floor, making...Read More

  • 9. Cathédrale St-Pierre

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    After taking in the broad vistas of the promenade de Peyrou, cross over into the Vieille Ville and wander its maze of narrow streets full of...Read More

  • 10. Chapelle des Carmélites

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    All that remains of the Carmelite convent that once stood here is its chapel, begun in 1622 by King Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. Look up...Read More

  • 11. Cloître St-Salvi

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    From the central square and parking area in front of the Palais de la Berbie, walk to the 11th- to 15th-century college and Cloître de St-Salvy. ...Read More

  • 12. Église de la Madeleine

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The heavily restored church, with its distinctive octagonal tower, was the place where the infamous 1209 massacre began. Some 7,000 townspeople...Read More

  • 13. Ensemble Conventuel des Jacobins

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    An extraordinary structure built in the 1230s for the Dominicans (renamed Jacobins in 1216 for their Parisian base in Rue St-Jacques), this...Read More

  • 14. Notre-Dame de la Dalbade

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally called Sancta Maria de Ecclesia Alba in Langue d'Oc and Ste-Marie de l'Église Blanche in French ( alba and blanche both meaning...Read More

  • 15. Notre-Dame de la Daurade

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 18th-century Notre-Dame de la Daurade overlooks the Garonne. The church's name—derived from doré (gilt)—refers to the golden reflection...Read More

  • 16. Notre-Dame du Taur

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built on the spot where St-Saturnin (or Sernin), the martyred bishop of Toulouse, was dragged to his death in AD 250 by a rampaging bull, this...Read More

  • 17. Notre-Dame-des-Anges

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At the end of Boulevard du Boramar is the 17th-century church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges. It has exuberantly carved, gilded Churriguer-esque altarpieces...Read More

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