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BASILICA SAINT-SERNIN, Toulouse, http://www.lumen-terra.com/img/lieux/166_BASILIQUE_SAINT_SERNIN2_(1).jpg


Martyrdom of Saint Saturnin

Situated in the heart of the city of Toulouse, the basilica Saint-Sernin of Toulouse is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because it is a halt on one of the ways to Santiago de Compostela in France. Symbol of the religious heritage in France, it is the largest Romanesque church in France.

Toulouse welcomed many pilgrims either on their way to Santiago de Compostella or who came to honor the relics of Saint Saturnin, martyr. He had refused to deny his faith and was then attached by his feet to a furious bull that then launched down the road and out of town.

The basilica is a sanctuary built to shelter the relics of Saint Saturnin, bishop of Toulouse, martyred in 250. A fervent community served this sanctuary from the 9th century until the French Revolution. It had become one of the most important centers of pilgrimage in the medieval West. The church has 260 Romanesque capitals and is the symbol of Mediterranean Romanesque architecture.

It is a nice step in your discovery of the religious heritage in France.

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