4-day trip visiting Lyon, Bordeaux and Toulouse
Lyon – St. Jean Cathedral, City Hall, the Clock Tower, Place des Terreaux with the Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Sanctuary of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the Stock Exchange Palace and the People’s National Theatre – Bordeaux – Cathedral St.Andre, the square of Rohan, the Tower Pey Berland, Esplanade de Quincunxes, the monument to the Girondins, Place de la Bourse, fountain of the Three Graces, the Palaces of Customs and the Stock Exchange, Port Cailhau, the Church Ste Croix, St. Michel Church, Port de la Grosse-Cloche – Toulouse – with the Cathedral of St. Etienne, the Capitole, the Basilica of Saint-Sernin, the Church of Notre Dame du Taur, the Point-Neuf, Les Jacobins Church, Assézat the Palace, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Museum “des Augustins”, the Augustinian Convent.
Lyon: views of the city and of Rhone river, Cathedral of St.Jean
I began this visit of Lyon with some panoramic shots of the city, in particular with photos of the popular quartier where all the old houses have similar roofs and chimneys.
Then there are images taken along the Rhone River that crosses the city.
We visited the Cathedral of St. Jean (St. John the Baptist Cathedral) with its beautiful Gothic façade. The interior is characterized by exquisite stained-glass windows of the thirteenth century.
Lyon: Town Hall, Fountain of the Four Rivers, Santuary of Notre Dame de Fourvière, Stock Exchange building and National Theatre
The City Hall is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in France. In the façade we could admire a statue in relief of Henry IV and the Clock Tower. The opposite Place des Terreaux (Terraux square) is embellished by the spectacular Fountain of the Four Rivers.
The Sanctuary of Notre Dame de Fourvière, on the top of the homonymous hill, overlooks the city.
The Temple du Change (Stock Exchange building) is spectacular and I took the photo through its reflection on windows because of lack of depth.
Nearby there is the Théâtre national populaire (People’s National Theatre).
Bordeaux: St.André Cathedral, Tower Pey Berland, Esplanade de Quinconces, Place de la Bourse and Fountain of the Three Graces
After a long transfer along the motorway (about 600 km), we arrived in Bordeaux.
First we visited the wide Saint-André Cathedral surrounded by the large square of Rohan. The Tour Pey-Berland (a bell tower of the fifteenth century) stands isolated. The apse of the Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece, dates back to the early years of the fourteenth century. Its interior is wonderful.
The Esplanade des Quinconces is dominated by a column that is The Girondists monument, on its top there is a statue representing Liberty.
Nearby the river Garonne we saw two rostral columns.
Further on we reached the Place de la Bourse which is considered the most beautiful square of the city; in its centre there is the Fountain of the Three Graces. The square, on one side, faces onto the river Garonne while, on the other side, it is closed by two buildings, known as “the Customs” and the “Stock Exchange” palaces.
Bordeaux: Cailhau Gate, Church of the Holy Cross, Church of St.Michel and Gate of la Grosse Cloche
We continued our walk along the river Garonne until Porte Cailhau (Cailhau gate) and, then, we reached the Church of the Holy Cross with a beautiful façade on which stands the equestrian statue of St. George.
The central portal is particularly beautiful.
We could not visit its interior nor the one of the vast St. Michel Church characterized by a beautiful Gothic portal. The bell tower is separate.
We ended the tour of Bordeaux with the La Grosse Cloche Porte which is considered the most characteristic building of the city.
Under the towers there is a wide arch which hosts a large bell. In the lower part, the façade is adorned by a spectacular astronomical clock.
Toulouse: Cathedral of St.Etienne and St. James and Joan of Arc’s statue
With a fast motorway transfer, we reached Toulouse in about two hours.
We began the tour of the city with the Cathedral of St. Etienne. The façade is adorned with a large Gothic arch surmounted by an equally large rose window. Inside there is a monumental seventeenth-century altar.
The chorus and the glass windows are really interesting and some chapels are particularly beautiful.
I wish to highlight the statue of Joan of Arc and the two statues dedicated to St. James.
Toulouse: Capitole, place of the Town Hall with wide rooms decorated with frescoes of local artists
The Capitole faces, with its long façade, the homonymous square. It was built to be the Town Hall and still it is. The small inner courtyard leads to the back façade embellished with a square “donjon” (keep, very high and fortified tower).
The large reception rooms are very rich and all of them are decorated with large frescoes painted by local artists and which represent episodes and illustrious men of the city.
Toulouse: Basilica of St-Sernin with Miégeville Door and tomb of San Saturnino
Toulouse: visit of the Basilica of St-Sernin, bank on Garonne river with Point-Neuf and Church of Notre Dame du Taur
Continuing the visit of the Basilica of Saint-Sernin, it is very nice the area in front of the entrance to the Treasure room where numerous precious reliquaries are held.
After the visit we went towards the bank of the Garonne river.
Along the way we could admire the beautiful façade of the fourteenth – century Church of Notre Dame du Taur.
We saw the Point – Neuf which is considered the most beautiful one in the city.
Toulouse: Church Les Jacobins with Tomb of St Thomas Aquinas, Palace Assézat and Palace of Fine Arts
The Church of the Jacobins, with a red brick facade, has an octagonal tower enriched with mullioned windows.
Beautiful double columns enrich the great cloister.
The interior is huge and tall columns divide it into two naves.
There are choreographic nervations on the ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows.
The tomb of St. Thomas Aquinas is quite important.
The Renaissance Palace Assézat is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in France; it was built in 1500 and has a lovely courtyard.
The façade of the Palace of Fine Arts is remarkable.
Toulouse: Museum “des Augustins” (inside the Augustinian Monastery)
Inside the church there are numerous sculptures; the latest one is the polychrome wooden statue of Notre-Dame de Grasse.
I end the visit of Toulouse with some views of the city and various curiosities.