Chapelle des Carmelites, Toulouse

#6 of 29 in Historic Sites in Toulouse
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Admire the rare collection of sacred art at Chapelle des Carmelites, considered a masterpiece of the Pink City. King Louis XIII and his wife Anne of Austria laid the first stone of this chapel when it was built in 1667. See sculptures, paintings, and religious objects dating back more than eight centuries. Inspired by the Sistine Chapel, Jean-Pierre Rivals covered the roof and walls with 17th-century Baroque oil paintings depicting figures of the biblical virtues. Jean-Baptiste Despax, Jean-Pierre Rivals' successor, completed the chapel in the 18th century. Today the chapel serves as a coveted concert hall. The nave's vaulted ceiling features oak ribs, which create superior acoustics. Admission is free. Plan your Chapelle des Carmelites visit and explore what else you can see and do in Toulouse using our Toulouse trip app.
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  • We would not have found this beautiful Baroque chapel tucked away behind tall walls, if we had not been on a free walking tour of Toulouse. Walking down a narrow street alongside a tall stone wall it....  more »
  • The feature of this otherwise plain chapel tucked away in a nondescript side street is the decor of its magnificent ceilings, painted in the late XVII Century by Jean-Pierre Rivals, who drew...  more »
  • The art is very impressive! It's worth just stopping to stare at everything for a bit. The place looks like it's due for some restoration work but regardless it's fantastic to behold.
  • Nice place to visit.

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