The bell tower of the Cordelier Church, Toulouse!

In telling you about Toulouse, I will come across some valuable historical and archictecurally stunning buildings I will mentioned and some that were closed when in town but worth the mention and souvenir. Toulouse is a great city that needs at least 3 days to see all. We spent 5 and still left out some…

Today, I will briefly mention the bells of the Cordeliers Church in this post, now in ruins. The Clocher des Cordeliers.


The Cordeliers Church is the former Church of the Cordeliers convent. It closed after a fire in 1798, then was occupied by the military administration until 1871 when it is devastated by a new fire. It was then in ruins as of today.

The Friars Minor of the Order of Saint Francis, called Franciscans or Cordeliers, settled in Toulouse in 1222. From the 13C to the 15C, they built their convent in the space between the current streets of rue des Lois, rue du Collège de Foix, rue Albert-Lautmann and rue Deville. It was after the Saint-Sernin Basilica the largest church in Toulouse, and which had the highest arch 25 meters.

The church, dedicated to the Virgin, with Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Louis of Anjou, bishop of Toulouse, as secondary patrons, was built at the beginning of the 14C. It was 86 meters long and 26 m wide. The height from the ground to the gable was 30 meters.

In 1794, during the French revolution , the convent was sold as national property. The spire of the steeple was demolished, and in 1834 a Chappe telegraph station on the Toulouse-Bayonne line was established. The buildings serve as a prison. In 1818, the convent fell to the military administration which made it a store of fodder for horses, mainly in the large nave of the church. It can store more than 9000 quintals of fodder, and as many of oats.

Today, only the bell tower and the departure of the arches from the reconstructed south portal of the church, still visible on the rue du Collège de Foix, remain from the church. The chapter house and the sacristy have been preserved from destruction. Elements of sculpture, capitals, keystones, etc. have been recovered, in particular by Alexandre Du Mège, and grouped at the Musée des Augustins, including a series of fifteen very beautiful gargoyles kept in the cloister. The Paul-Dupuy museum preserves an altar facing the Cordeliers church, one of the rare textile masterpieces that have survived to the present day.

Of course no official webpage in tourist office but in my favorite Yelp page there is some info and location. Hope it makes you take your feet around this wonderful area of Toulouse.

Yelp on the Clocher des Cordeliers Toulouse

Again, enjoy the pink city of Toulouse. We always do…And remember, happy travels, good health and many cheers to all!!!




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