Before 1789, the city of Toulouse counted many large private or religious libraries. During the French revolution, these collections were confiscated and brought together, and the Carmel convent was torn down; on this same spot, a century and a half later, work started on the Public Library of Toulouse. Today it's a treasure trove of hand-painted manuscripts and rare editions, kept inside a richly decorated building. The frieze on the façade depicts episodes of the history of the earth, with prehistoric animals, ancient gods, allegories of art and science, scenes of everyday life, and an odd representation of cold and temperate climates. The bronze medallions on the door show progress made throughout the history of printing.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Capitole & Jeanne d’Arc