Couvent des Jacobins

Couvent des Jacobins, Toulouse

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david s
netanya, israel465 contributions
Nov 2021
This 13th-century Dominican monastery, church, cloister, and tower bell are a unique and wonderful complex in the heart of Toulouse, and one of its main tourist attractions. If there is one of them that truly reflects the spirit of this place, it is the magnificent cloister, in which the court center is surrounded by twin columns with marble decorated capitals. It gives the entire setting a reflective mood, a place where dedicated scholars, monks, and preachers have found peace of mind and spiritual harmony. Walking around the court one can only marvel at those anonymous craftsmen of the 13th century who could design and build such an architectural gem. Another must-see attraction for any visitor to Toulouse. A real treat to body and soul.
Written November 23, 2021
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Rcdown78
Hobe Sound, FL356 contributions
Oct 2019
This church, now largely serving as a museum, provides a valuable and impressive experience. From the extremely high walls, ceilings and windows (stunning stained glass) to the quiet of the cloister, the building stands as a testament to the growth of the Dominican Order in the area in and around Toulouse. Check out the spectacular "palm tree" column toward the front of the building as well. Finally, there is an altar containing the remains of the great Dominican theologian St Thomas Aquinas. There is seating and kneelers in front of his burial site, and this is the one area where the building still has a sense of faith and inspiration.
Written November 4, 2019
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Headmj
London, UK33 contributions
Dec 2019
The stained glass windows are beautiful. The pillars look like palm trees and the cloisters are amazing. Very tall, ornate red brick tower. Free on the first Sunday of every month otherwise entry is €4.
Written December 1, 2019
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kamakshi2015
Bengaluru, India1,876 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
This beautiful center and monastery is a witness to the compelling past of the faith . The Domenic of Osama founded the order of the preachers that bears the name of this order . The church is in the heart of the city . The awesome church and cloisters and the corridors will cast a spell of past on your mind and you realised the power of this place to take you back to the time. There is every reason to visit this place to have a peep into glorious past !
Written August 17, 2017
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Craig M
Porto, Portugal3,118 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
The Couvent de Jacobins is ‘a medieval monastery at the heart of the city’. This imposing Gothic structure was built in 1229 by the Dominican Order. It played a role in the creation of the first university in Toulouse and some of the first classes were held here.

The interior of the building is majestic, with huge pillars holding up the roof and creating a large open space. The largest of these pillars is known as the ‘palm tree’. It’s an impressive building and admission is free for the main section.

There is a fee for those who wish to visit the cloisters, refectory, chapterhouse and Saint Anthoninus Chapel.
Written August 3, 2017
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hmlaw
Hong Kong30 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
Must See. The palm tree structure is amazing. Staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Worth the visit and you can relax in the garden
Written September 6, 2015
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Gareth P
Exeter, UK45 contributions
Sep 2019
You have to pay to walk around the courtyard but its worth the 5 euros. Wasnt too touristy either and quite relaxing to walk around.
Written September 13, 2019
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RodDeeRoads
Dublin Ireland114 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Construction of this dramatic and spectacular Gothic style church commenced in 1230 and, like the Cathedral of St Etienne, was another attempt to halt the growing power of the Cathar sect in the region. The interior of the church is simply massive and it is famous for it's palmtree-like constructions at the top of the central columns, the largest of which contains 22 supporting branches..
The convent was built by the Order of Dominicans and the relics of its famous philosopher & teacher, St Thomas Aquinas, are kept there.
After the French Revolution, Napoleon took over the church and turned it into a barracks. A wooden floor was installed to provide the soldiers with living quarters, while downstairs was turned into stables and a horse training centre. The upper floor was subsequently removed in 1905.
During World War I, many of the treasures from the museums of Paris were transferred to the convent for protection.
There is a beautiful cloister to the side of the church, off of which there are a number of interesting chapels which were used by the monks for prayer and silent contemplation.
Today, the de-consecrated church is used as a museum, concert and exhibition space.
Written August 4, 2019
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helga_lm
Bogota, Colombia103 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
The Couvent is very beautiful, you can visit the main church for free. If you want to go into the gardens you must pay 5 euro, I would suggest doing this if you have some time to sit there and contemplate the place, if not, there's not much to see (2 small chapels). They also have some cultural events sometimes at night, given the scenery it must be very beautiful to assist.
Written July 24, 2019
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Oh_Rea11y
Toulouse, France205 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Les jacobins is to me a very unique place of wander & wonder!

- THE CATHEDRAL

The church conveys a soothing and kinda positive atmosphere thanks to the many stained-glass windows that offers a colorful entrance to lights inside the cathedral.
A recent art performance had me taking a closer look at these windows. I realized that the constructors had created a color gradient for the stained-glass windows with a rainbow color pattern! Mind-blowing! Look up and you'll see red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet windows.
So unusual, so delicately complementary... and perhaps the explanation of the feeling of peaceful completeness this church has always given to me?
There are also beautiful columns and paintings there :)

- THE CLOISTER

A calm cloister is hidden at the back of the church. You'll have to pay a small fee to access it but I think this is worth spending a couple of euros!
Such a serene place to sit, look at the sky and relax. There is more to see in terms of architecture but whenever I head to the Jacobins, this has never been my priority :)! So I let you discover it :)
Written July 3, 2019
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