Church Of Les Jacobins
Church Of Les Jacobins
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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GoAlong2
Seattle, WA863 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The beautiful former church is open to the public. For a small fee, you can tour the convent building and grounds adjacent to the church. The main hall has soaring columns down the center and colorful stained glass windows casting colored patterns on the walls and floors. This is a beautiful and serene place to visit.
Written December 23, 2022
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Gerry
Loon op Zand, The Netherlands2,123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
A very impressive place, especially once you are inside and on the courtyard. The first weekend of July and August, they even have a small Cafe there. Take your time to go around and absorb the amazing views.
Written July 8, 2020
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Darren G
Stirling, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is quite a dramatic building, with an interesting link to Thomas Aquinus, whose bits and bobs are here.

Don't expect dramatic photos along the length of it, because there's pillars all down the middle. :) You'll need to be inventive with camera angles.

The church itself is free, but it's well worth visiting the cloister as well which you access via the church, and which there is a charge for.
Written July 3, 2022
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José Nunes
Gothenburg, Sweden12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip.

The church was definitely jaw-dropping. And one of the best parts of the visit was the interactive exhibition that was happening (Quoi de neuf au Moyen Âge?). Extremely well-designed and quite surprising! It's a pitty that the exhibition only translates a small portion of the french text. I felt like I couldn't fully experience the exhibition because I don't speak french.
Written October 9, 2022
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signindoc
Saint John, Canada93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This is well worth a visit in Toulouse.

The church is very interesting and the exhiits are easy to see and well laid out. There is active restoration of some of the areas and onoging upkeep.

The stained glass is beautiful and the mbience delightful.
Written September 17, 2022
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StevenRhodes
United Kingdom26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
I was a strange teenager; and while others emulated James Dean or John Lennon I opted for Thomas Aquinas.

Like most teenage crushes we grew apart, I still admired his mind and his rigour and even his stubbornness but it's hard to look at the Dominicans as a movement and not be repulsed by their zeal in the autos-da-fé or their association with the horrors of the Cathar crusade (even if the Cistercians led the grisly way).

So I was unprepared for the emotions which confronted me when I realised that the box under the nave altar in this unusual, simple and magnificent church contained Aquinas's body - a practical reminder of his own thinking that the soul (if you hold with souls) after death is denied all the senses, having no body with which to perceive them. I had assumed that his own body had been lost somewhere in Paris and his relics scattered during the revolution.

But here he lay, confined - as he never could be in real life - and certainly slimmer and it seemed the whole of the High Middle Ages was close at hand: the fierce doctrinal feuds, the despotic alignment of belief and power and the battle for hearts and minds across the hard soil of the Languedoc all brought, paradoxically, to life. It was like wandering into Westminster Abbey and coming across the grave of a school-friend.

The suppression of the Cathars is still a live issue in this region. The people are proud of their Cathar heritage, Dominican priories seem to be everywhere to keep an eye on them and yet church attendance seems to be very sparse indeed. Nothing enshrines that more than this vast Priory church slap bang in the centre of town with, at its own centre, the greatest mind of the middle ages who died where he had been sent to win a battle of ideas.
Written September 22, 2015
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Bruegel
Bruxelles591 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
If the outside of the church of the Jacobins, except for the bell tower, does not arouse the aesthetic enthusiasm, the inside with its magnificent pillars in the form of palm trees deserves the visit.
The pillar with its 22 nervures which supports the polygonal choir is amazing.

This church contains in its centre, partially hidden under a modern paving stone, the grave of St. Thomas d'Aquin (1225 -1274), Doctor of the Church. This great theologian and philosopher was member of the order of the Dominicans whose head home was the convent of the Jacobins of Toulouse. A magnificent shrine erected in 1628 was destroyed during the French Revolution, and the body was removed to the Church of St. Sernin in 1791, from where it was moved again solemnly to the Church of the Jacobins in 1974.
Discrete tomb for the greatest thinker of Christianism (he is called the Christian Aristotle) with no signs of devotion as usually met in churches containing the remains of saints.

If you read French don't miss the complete story of the destruction during and after the revolution (under Napoleon I the Jacobins were transformed into cavalry quarters!) and restoration since 1920 of the church and cloister des Jacobins on {-----------------}

Parvis de Jacobins
Between Capitole and Garonne.
Written August 12, 2006
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John S
Didcot17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral makes a claim of being a 'Great Space' and yes it is, forgiving it's neo-gothic extravagence and almost repressive darkness (well it was when I went) but Les Jacobins is a truly great space. It's not an overly complex structure but it uses the space within so well. The magnificent stained glass windows and the way the light through them plays on the columns, which appear to hold up the sky. And light is the key. It is a big light airy cavernous space not a dark foreboding arena - which considering it's Dominican origins is a pleasant surprise.
Inside the main building there is one more 'trick' which makes it a great space. Around the bottom of the far end column is what apppears to be a circle of glass, further inspection shows you something completely different - it's a mirrored surface. as you peer over it's like looking down the side of mountain - you could feel as if you could fall - your mind has to readjust to say it's a mirror. The effect is immense then you start to play - you look at the length and the width using the mirror and thereby creating a great space. However thought of that one is a genius
Once you've had your fill of the vertigo inducing visual effects then comes the second treat - the cloistered square - a complete haven of peace and quiet (weekdays may be a bit noisey with the school next door and the abundance of school trips). Just splendid.
I do have two criticisms though
1) the choral music in one of the chapels does ruin the haven slightly - it's interesting idea once you see it - groups of 5 speakers each playing back a voice in an defined order - but it seems to swamp you rather than let you drift off.
2) If you walk passed at night the tower seems to have it's own light show - which to me seems a bit cheesy and slightly kitsch - which is a real shame because it doesn't need these gimmicks.

Go in the day time (saturday was good) and go to the mirror and treat yourself to great space
Written October 15, 2008
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Judith W
Dallas, TX77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This beautiful old church holds the relics of St Thomas Aquinas. For any Catholic or scholar, that’s enough right there. But the whole church is a pleasure to explore. So sad that Mass is held there only once a year. So much history. I wish the stones could speak.
Written May 2, 2019
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FactotumDellaCitta
London, UK3,981 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
This is much more than just a church - it was a full monastery complex, so in addition to the church it contains a beautiful cloister and other structures. The interior of the church with its vaulted ceilings is spectacular, and especially so the column known as "Palmier des Jacobins". At the bottom of the column there's a large circular mirror installed, creating the dizzying illusion of a deep below-ground vault (and also a great photo opportunity). There's a fee to visit the cloister, and it is definitely worth it.
Written August 27, 2014
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