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“One huge surprise!”

Church of Les Jacobins
Ranked #3 of 150 things to do in Toulouse
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Oconomowoc, WI
Level 6 Contributor
226 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“One huge surprise!”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Wandering around Toulouse, we came upon this church and went inside. It was mostly empty, just a small altar and a few pews in one spot, but the windows were spectacular.

Similar to St. Chapelle in Paris, the stained glass windows were tall & thin & next to each other. The arched ceiling soared to a height of a 5-6 story building.

As we walked along in the cavernous room we could see a round, skirted, mirror-topped table at one end. Curious, we strolled over---are they putting up an exposition, what was this huge empty table for?

As we got closer we could see small tented signs around on the mirror top that said "Don't Touch." Don't touch what??? There was nothing on this approx. 12 ft. in diameter table top.

I walked to the edge, looked down, and BOOM! My heart stopped, my stomach flipped, and I grabbed on to my husband. You see, I am not very good with heights and looking down into this mirror was like looking into the abyss. It's hard to describe, but it reflected up to the 5-6 story arched ceiling of the room. It was like standing on the edge of a high place with no railing, looking down to infinity---YIKES!! We stood and watched many people walk up to the table, look down, and jump back.

The windows were outstanding, but that mirrored table was worth going to this site for that only.

Visited September 2012
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İstanbul
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“Lovely place”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Wonderful place to see in Toulouse, if you're wandering around down town impossible to miss.
There was a small garden and inside was a lovely concert when i visited there.

Visited September 2012
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Holland, Michigan
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“soaring columns and beautiful windows!”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Worth searching out and seeing the gorgeous main body of the church. Some of the best stained glass we saw in Toulouse. The cloisters are peaceful and lovely but you have to pay to see them. Unfortunately the grand refectoire was closed for construction while we were there.

Visited August 2012
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Ramonville Saint-Agne, France
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“Interesting Place”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

This church is not an ordinary one so if you're the kind of person who likes to see different architectures of grandious buildings, you should visit it. It surprises and intrigues you and it remains in your memory.

Visited April 2012
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Magnificent church with fascinating history”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

So different from Northern gothic cathedrals (built in local 'pink' bricks) but on similar scale. Stunning vaulted roof, with very unusual colours, almost Moorish. Very tranquil and spiritual atmosphere, in spite of restoration work. Don't miss the wonderful cloisters and chapels.

Visited August 2012
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