Former Church of St Pierre des Cuisines, Toulouse!

And continuing with the off the beaten path notion, I came along walking the wonderful streets of Toulouse with the nice monument of the former church of St Pierre des Cuisines, today an entertainment auditorium center.

I like to tell you a bit on it and worth a detour indeed.

The Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines church, located at rue de la Boule, next to Place Saint-Pierre is the oldest church in southwest France!!!. It is built on an old Gallo-Roman necropolis of the 4C. It is now placed under the responsibility of the Saint-Raymond museum. Today, it houses a 400-seat auditorium for the Toulouse regional conservatory.


The original church was built in the 5C on a necropolis. In the 10C, Count William IV allowed the Benedictines of Moissac Abbey to take possession of it. It was only a priory which was entrusted five centuries later to the Carthusians. Meanwhile, the church is adorned with a new nave and a new choir.

The name Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines comes from a French version of Coquinis, designating small craftsmen. History tells that fishermen in the region once honored Saint Peter by dedicating a priory to him. The name of these Coquins from the Gallo-Roman era was therefore assigned by Guilhem IV to the building when he entrusted it to the Abbey of Moissac. The church contains an archaeological crypt presenting the remains of a 4C early Christian basilica and a pre-Romanesque church. In the 11C, the church was donated to the Abbey of Moissac by the Count of Toulouse. From the 12C, the church was a high public place. In 1189, Count Raymond V of Toulouse recognized the privileges of the Commune of Toulouse, headed by capitouls. This gesture was renewed by Raymond VI of Toulouse in 1195, and by Raymond VII of Toulouse in 1222.


This is where Simon de Montfort signed the Toulouse surrender. It is also within these walls that the counts took the habit of gathering the people of Toulouse. In 1286, the Customs of the city were officially promulgated there. In the 16C, the church became the property of the Carthusians. During the French revolution, Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines suffered the same fate as the Jacobins church and the Daurade basilica. The army took possession of the place and used it to melt cannons, and as a warehouse. The parish is transferred to the Chartreux church which then takes the name of Saint-Pierre-des-Chartreux (see previous post).

The proximity of the place to the premises of the National Conservatory of Toulouse Region made it an auditorium for this establishment (for the old church), but also, for the surrounding premises, a dance school attached to the Conservatory which houses several dance halls.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and why not if time allowed even see an event at the auditorium are

Tourist office of Toulouse on the Auditorium at the Church

Museuml of St Raymond on the Church funerary relics in French

Another awesome monument to see in the pretty pink city of Toulouse. And do walk to find these wonders of our world, even today the building is more a church than an auditorium looking. Enjoy it

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


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