Musée Saint-Raymond , Toulouse!!

I will take you south deep cathar country and home of family on wifes side. We have been here many many times and have posts on several locations ,however, most have been brief comments of the sights to see. I think they deserve more so will do several posts on the things to see and we like in the pink city of Toulouse! The city is in the Haute Garonne department 31 of the region of Occitanie. Hope you enjoy the series.

The Saint-Raymond Museum, formerly known as the Antiques Museum, is the archaeological museum of Toulouse opened in 1892. It is housed in the walls of the former Saint-Raymond university college dating from the 16C, which adjoins Saint-Sernin basilica. It preserves and presents archaeological collections from early medieval Protohistory, mainly from the Celtic, Roman and early Christian periods.


Originally at this site was a necropolis Christian dating back to the 4C that stretched on both sides of the Roman road around the tomb of Saturnin, the first bishop of Toulouse near the Basilica of St. Sernin. In the years 1075-1080, instead of the current building, a hospital reserved for the poor and pilgrims making the way to Santiago de Compostela via Tolosane, is founded by Raymond Gayrard and funded by the Counts of Toulouse. On his death around 1120, Raymond Gayrard was buried in the Saint John chapel adjoining the hospital which took the name of Saint-Raymond chapel in 1122. By decision of the abbot of Saint-Sernin, the place becomes In the 19C, when the University was created, the College Saint-Raymond, reserved for the poor students of the University of Toulouse and will retain this function until the French revolution. The City of Toulouse bought it in 1836 to destine it to various functions such as those of stables and barracks. Between 1868 and 1871, it was restored by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc who removes the traces of the demolished chapel and built a fourth angle turret, adds two walls of the interior and many crenellated chimneys that accentuate the medieval aspect of the whole. He also built a neo-Gothic house in the old courtyard of the college, which became a garden.

The building then served as presbytery at the Basilica of St. Sernin until  1890, when the City wished to recover the monument to install the Labor Exchange or the Academies and Learned Societies and eventually opt for the installation of ‘a museum. it is one of the few surviving testimonies of Toulouse university architecture of the late Middle Ages.  The building becomes a “museum of ancient and exotic decorative art” by law of the city council in 1891 and it is inaugurated on April 24, 1892. It is then reserved for small antiquities, that is to say to small works dimensions (ethnographic objects, works of art, furniture, coins and medals and archaeological objects) at all periods. The building is adapted to its new functions and stairs, partitions and cupboards are cut down to create larger exhibition spaces. Many windows are drilled to better illuminate the rooms.

It is named in 1935 the museum of Cluny of Toulouse. In 1939 is created the Society of Friends of the Saint-Raymond Museum and Ancient Arts. It becomes in 1949, the archaeological museum of Toulouse and thus receives the collections of the Antiquity and the high Middle Ages of the city. In 1980, in order to liberate all of the museum’s 2,500 m2 spaces and open them to the public, the City of Toulouse acquired the neighboring building located at 11 rue des Trois-Renards to relocate the offices. and technical services and create meeting rooms, documentation and the conservation library. A building was built between 1992 and 1994 in the district of Bourrassol to accommodate the reserves. Between 1994 and 1996, archaeological excavations were undertaken to uncover the necropolis of Saint-Sernin, located near the tomb of the martyr Saint Saturnin, and its burials dating back to the 4C. It is on this occasion that is discovered the lime kiln dating from the 5C or 6C and today visible in situ. It reopened its doors to the public in 1999, after more than four years of renovation during which the building was restored to its original appearance of 1523 and a part of the ancient Paleochristian necropolis dating from the 4-5C has been uncovered.!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and you must are

Official Museum of St Raymond

Tourist office of Toulouse on the museum St Raymond

There you go another dandy in my belle France, and lovely territory of many memories from and with the family over the years. Again, very nice area ,hope you enjoy the series posts to come on Toulouse, the pink city!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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