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The Dominican Church, (Eglise des Jacobins)

In the early thirteenth century by Dominic Guzman was founded a monastic order, and its first Church was built in Toulouse. The Church is also called the Jacobin - is the everyday name was given to her because the convent, which she entered, was situated in the street of St. James.

Today this temple is not valid, however, attracts the attention of tourists and residents for its architecture, in the days of concerts and cultural events, as well as the burial place of St. Thomas Aquinas, a medieval theologian and Dominican monk.

The Dominican monastery was founded in Toulouse in the first half of the XIII century. The construction of the Church continued in the fourteenth century, and in the second half of the same century it was transferred the remains of the theologian and philosopher. Later they were built the marble mausoleum. In the XIX century the Church was converted into a warehouse of artillery ammunition, and the mausoleum was demolished. The relics of Thomas Aquinas was returned to the Church only in the 70-ies of the last century after the completion of the restoration work.

But the Church in the monastery complex has been preserved several buildings and the cloister. The cloister is located in the historical centre of the city, near the Capitol. Among the architectural features of the churches celebrate the so-called "Jacobin palm tree slim column height of over 20 meters, from each of which diverge at the top 22 of the rib forming the structure of the vault. Colonnade Dominican Church is recognized as one of the most high, and the tall octagonal bell tower with four tiers is only 45 meters.

In the interior of the temple, for example, in the chapel of St. Antonin, preserved wall paintings, but in the window-the rose a beautiful modern stained glass work - it was created in the mid-twentieth century. One of the most spacious rooms of the Church is the refectory, which today is used as exhibition galleries.