Church Notre Dame de la Dalbade, Toulouse!

SO here I am again walking along the pink city of Toulouse. I have come by here and never enough time but is a nice monument to visit indeed. I will tell you briefly and for me too to come back here for more.

Let me tell you very briefly about the Church Notre Dame de la Dalbade in Toulouse.

Notre-Dame de la Dalbade Church is located rue de la Dalbade in the Carmelite quarter. Its current name comes from the old church which preceded it and which was covered with a white coating of lime, giving it the name of Santa Maria Dealbata (Sainte-Marie la blanche). The current building, quite austere from the outside, is typical of southern Gothic architecture.


The first church stood in place from 541 at the end of the 15C on the site of a first oratory. It ends up devastated by a fire on October 27, 1442 at the same time as the rest of the district. Despite its disappearance, the current name of the dalbade ,which derives from the dealbata was preserved.

The construction of the current church dates from the end of the 15C, around 1480. Its bell tower was built in 1551. Symbol of ecclesiastical power, its spire which culminated at 87 meters was dismantled in 1795 during the French revolution. It was rebuilt in 1881, raised to 91 meters, and marked the highest point of the city until 1926. It collapsed brutally in the night of April 11 to 12, 1926.

The medieval fortress-like church with thick walls, narrow openings and a north tower with battlements presents on the front, an Italian Renaissance tympanum, made of ceramic which represents a copy of the Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico. This flamboyant decor was done by Gaston Virebent in 1874. The renaissance portal dates from 1537. On the engraved lintel located under the eardrum, we can read this couplet of two Alexandrines: “Chrestien if my love is in your engraved heart” and “Don’t drift by the way to tell me an ave”

The portal dates from the Renaissance, in the middle a statue of the Virgin and Child, on the left Sainte-Catherine and on the right Sainte-Barbe. The ceramic tympanum is from 1878 after the coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico. The statues on the left Saint-Germier and below Saint-John the Baptist; on the right the bishop Saint-Rémi and below Saint-Sébastien. The originals are kept in the Chapel of Saint-Germier. Below the rose window, the baby Jesus is standing. The Welcome Chapel, we see a wooden carved statue of the Virgin Mary with the child, the Chapel of the Carmel tradition, we see a statue of Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux, a statue of Sainte-Jeanne D’Arc, and an 18C painting representing Sainte-Thérèse d’Avila. The Chapel of Saint John the Baptist, a monument to the memory of the Hospitallers of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem , and a painting representing the Visitation from the 18C.  the Chapel of Sainte-Barbe (Saint Barbara), an 18C painting representing Sainte-Barbe, a statue of Saint John the Evangelist, and a statue of Sainte-Germaine de Pibrac. The Chapel of Saint-Pierre, before the choir: Round wooden hump from the 16C representing Saint-Pierre walking on the water. This statue was venerated by the brotherhood of fishermen and boatmen of Tounis. Initially in the chapel of the baptismal font, it was damaged by the fall of the bell tower in 1926. The choir has a Nativity of the Virgin , and four paintings from the workshop of Jean-Baptiste Despax. The large stained glass windows at the back tell the story of Mary’s life: the Presentation in the temple, the Annunciation, the Nativity of Jesus, the Assumption.

The Chapel of Our Lady of Dalbade with a statue of the Virgin Mary with the child. Chapel of Saint-Germier with statues of Saint-Germier, Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Saint-Sébastien. These statues were originally on the facade of the church. They have been replaced by copies. Chapel of Notre-Dame du Mont Carmel, a bas-relief by Henry Maurette from 1891, the scene depicts the Blessed Virgin presenting the “Scapulaire” du Mont Carmel to Saint-Simon Stock in 1251, in Cambridge. Chapel of Christ of suffering with the reliquary busts of Saint-Saturnin and Saint-Germier, in the middle is a stone statue from the 16C: Ecce Homo (Christ of Mercy).  The Fonts-Baptismaux Chapel(baptismal chapel), with a scene representing the crucifixion of Jesus, with the Virgin Mary on the left, and Saint John the Evangelist on the right. At the foot was a wooden Pietà from the 16C. This crucifix was originally that of the oratory of Salin in the 15C, it was known as the “Miraculous Christ of the Salin”, transferred to Dalbade in the 16C and hidden during the French revolution. The organ Originally built in 1888, inaugurated on November 22, 1888, this instrument was restored in 2009.

There you go a brief lump sum description of this wonderful Church of Notre Dame de la Dalbade that obviously needs to be visit more fully; next time. Hope you enjoy and do visit, let me know.

Some webpage to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of Toulouse on Church Notre Dame de la Dalbade

Parish Cathedral of Toulouse on the Church Notre Dame de la Dalbade in French

There you go another dandy in the pink city of Toulouse. Remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “Church Notre Dame de la Dalbade, Toulouse!”

  1. I’m enjoying your series of posts on Toulouse

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