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The archaeological Museum Saint-Raymond: photo, description Musee Saint-Raymond)

Near the Basilica of Saint-Sernin in Toulouse is artistic and archaeological Museum Saint-Raymond. He is one of the few surviving buildings of the medieval buildings located in the square around the Basilica.

In the middle of the XIX century, when was carried out the arrangement of the area, many of the buildings surrounding the temple were demolished, and survived only in a medieval College - dormitory, in which were future lawyers, doctors and theologians. This building was built in the first half of the XVI century, and after about three hundred years it passed into municipal property. In the second half of the XIX century the building of the College was refurbished, and in a few years it housed a Museum exhibition.

Musee Saint-Raymond presents works of art created in the Roman era and the middle Ages, illustrating the history of Toulouse. The Museum exposition consists of three sections, which are concentrated finds made in the region of Toulouse, but also in Hiragana and in the necropolis. They are more than a thousand exhibits. The Museum also has an extensive library and media library.

In particular, you can see antique statues and busts of Roman emperors and members of their families. Many of these artifacts were found during excavations in the so-called Villa Chiragan Gallo-Roman period, which at the end of the last century was declared a historical monument. Chiragan is a few kilometers from Toulouse. Also in Saint-Raymond are stored ancient coins, bas-reliefs, mosaics, bronzes and gold jewelry.

Musée St-Raymond was founded literally on the site - directly underneath the building there was the ancient necropolis, the finds from which sarcophagi, urns and tombstones - were moved to the basement hall of the Museum.