The Augustins Convent is a fine example of Southern Gothic architecture. Building began in the Middle Ages.
The convent was home to the Hermits of Saint Augustine, a mendicant order (an order dependant on charity) founded in the first half of the 13th century. The Augustines in Toulouse first settled outside the city walls, where Place Jeanne d'Arc is today. However, the area was not conducive to the development of the convent which depended on the charity of the faithful. In 1309, Pope Clément V gave his permission for the monks to build their convent within the protective city wall.