Attractions in Toulouse

Toulouse is a city located on the banks of the river Garonne, in the southwestern part of France. With over 1 million inhabitants within its metropolitan area, the city is the sixth largest such area in France. Inhabited since the 8th century BCE, Toulouse has a long and varied history. Combined with its modern infrastructure and a booming economy from its high-tech aerospace developments, Toulouse is a unique metropolis that will no doubt delight any visitor with its attractions.

Among the many historical attractions in the city of Toulouse, perhaps the most well-known is the Basilica of St. Sernin, a church built in the Romanesque style between the years 1080 and 1120. Built on the foundations of an ancient abbey, the church's notoriety increased exponentially after Charlemagne's donation of a large quantity of relics. As such, the church became an essential stop for pilgrims who would travel through the city on their way Santiago de Compostela, one of the most important pilgrimage locations during the Middle Ages and today.

For other matters concerning the middle ages, the Musée des Augustins holds a large collection of paintings and sculpture from that period, and it is notable in its own right as a 14th convent. Another notable museum is the Georges Labit Museum, which houses a large quantity of Egyptian and Far-Eastern material. The Georges Labit also includes exotic gardens and a library. For those interested in the flora of southern France, the Jardin des Plantes is a botanical garden and public park, with a natural history museum on the grounds. The Musee Departemental de la Resistance is a museum that was created in the 1970's, and is about the survivors of the Resistance.
Beyond its history and its museums, Toulouse is a modern city with a growing economy. Its growth lies in part to its position as one of the base of operations for Europe's aerospace division. The city is the headquarters for Airbus, the SPOT satellite system, and France's space exploration department, CNES, which operates the Toulouse Space Centre.

Toulouse is a destination that will stimulate the mind for its rich history, culture, and technology. It is a unique destination that bridges many different aspects of the human experience in an stirring way.