Church Notre Dame de la Dalbade of Toulouse!

I am again walking along the pink city of Toulouse. I finally stop by the  Church Notre Dame de la Dalbade of Toulouse. If you read my blog, you know the pink city of Toulouse is sentimental to me as my dear late wife Martine,late father Pierre worked in the city and was from nearby Lavaur. This is an update with new text and additional older pictures from my vault. Hope you enjoy it as I.

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.

Toulouse ch Notre Dame de la Dalbade front

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 ,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 in 1874. The renaissance portal dates from 1537. 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. 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, it was restored in 2009.

The Toulouse tourist office on the church:

The Parish Cathedral of Toulouse on the church:

There you go folks, a bit long but worth it me think of this wonderful Church of Notre Dame de la Dalbade. Another dandy monument in the pink city of Toulouse. Hope you enjoy and do visit, let me know.

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


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