The fourth-largest city in France, Toulouse in south western France, about an hour from the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean. It is called “The Pink City” (La Ville Rose,) and the expression “pink city” comes from many of the bricks used in construction of its buldings, bricks made from red mud dredged out of the nearby Garonne River. Canal du Midi in the heart of the city links the Mediterranean to the Garonne River to the Atlantic ocean.
Toulouse was a popular stopping point for French pilgrims heading toward Santiago de Compostela on the route of Saint James.
It’s also close the Pyrenées mountain range and not far from Lourdes. Toulouse is also the center of the aerospace industry in france due to the headquarters and main manufacturing plant of the European consortium Airbus.
Catholic shrines & places of interest in Toulouse:
There are many interesting churches in the city…a few of them are listed here, but we will be adding more in the future.
Basilica of Saint-Sernin: largest Romanesque church in Europe
Couvent des Jacobins (The Jacobin Church): Tomb of Saint Thomas Aquinas
Our Lady of La Dalbade (coming soon)
Our Lady of the Dorada (Daurade) Basilica: statue of a Black Virgin, protector of the city and expectant mothers.
Saint Aubin Church (coming soon)
Traveling to Toulouse:
Toulouse can be reached by air from many parts of Europe. By train Toulouse can be reached from Paris by TGV (high speed train), via Bordeaux, in between 4 and 5 hours. Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here.