The restoration of the Notre-Dame du Taur church, very degraded, will be the subject of a total restoration, including its organ and its remarkable pictorial works. With a 3D design imagined by the Toulouse architect Axel Letellier, nominated for the Bim d’Or, national distinction.
The Notre-Dame du Taur church, located 12, rue du Taur, in Toulouse, not far from the Place du Capitole, is, according to legend, on the supposed site where the martyr Saint Sernin was tied to a bull to be sacrificed. The religious establishment built in the XIVe and XVe centuries, then refurbished in the 17the and XIXe centuries, classified as Historic Monuments in 1840, is in a “very degraded” state, according to the deliberation of the municipal council of December 11, 2020 which decided on its overall restoration. It will be carried out, from spring 2023 to autumn 2025, including the organs and the interesting pictorial elements, for an amount presented at nearly 5.7 million euros including tax, including one million for the restoration of the organ of grandstand. Public aid from the Drac (Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs) remains to be defined.
Remarkable heritage elements
The single nave, vaulted with warheads, is typical of southern Gothic. Dimly lit, it retains a 14th century murale century. In the 19the century, the neo-Gothic decoration received a large-scale historical program, due to the painter Bernard Bénézet, who expressly alludes to the martyrdom of Saint Sernin. The gallery organ, built in 1878, is signed by organbuilder Puget. The bell tower, characteristic of the XIVe century with its openings in mitered arches, includes 13 bells.
“The current state of this building, an important witness to the history of the city and the works that adorn it, is very degraded, in particular due to infiltrations, poorly lit and altered by deposits of soot and smoke” , indicated the rapporteur of the deliberation, Anne Laigneau, deputy mayor in charge of town planning. “It requires careful restoration, under the responsibility of a heritage architect. This restoration of the building and the works housed will be supplemented by the improvement of the various functionalities (disability accessibility, fire safety, storage rooms, security, etc. .), with particular attention paid to musical instruments (restoration of the gallery organ, tuning and extension of the carillon), and an important component of heritage enhancement / mediation”.
A restoration nominated for the Bim d’Or 2022
The restoration of the Notre-Dame-du-Taur church was consecrated as a project nominated for the Bim d’Or 2022, thanks to its 3D design. Organized by the Monitor and the Cahiers techniques du bâtiment, the BIM d’Or rewards each year the best projects carried out using a 3D model. The Toulouse architect Axel Letellier is delighted with this national distinction: “Our mission, to restore and enhance the church as part of a Bim collaborative design and monitoring intervention, says Axel Letellier, the use of such a process for a place of worship steeped in history such that this building remains innovative and requires attention as specific as the purpose of the building”.
The contracting authority is Toulouse Métropole, the project management is provided by Groupe Letellier Architectes, agent.