Admirably situated on the edge of the River Tarn, old Albi forms a magnificent group of buildings with its brick-built fortified cathedral, its former episcopal palace and its old houses. Albi's combination of brick and stone buildings have earned it the apt nickname .
Masterpiece of the Southern Gothic style, the Sainte-Cécile cathedral boasts a richly-decorated interior containing magnificent frescoes, a Flamboyant Gothic rood screen and beautiful statuary. Next to the cathedral, the Berbie palace, an former episcopal palace, is home to the Toulouse-Lautrec museum. This museum exhibits a large number of paintings of this artist born in Albi. Its collection is a must for all art fans. The charming and very romantic gardens of the Berbie palace offer a beautiful view of the river and of the Pont-Vieux bridge.
A walk in the narrow streets of the historic centre reveals the presence of beautiful old brick-built timber-framed houses, as well as Renaissance mansions, such as the Enjalbert house and the Reynès mansion.
Since 1 August 2010, the episcopal city of Albi joined the World Heritage of UNESCO. The episcopal city is structured around the cathedral, the palace-fortress Berbie where the museum dedicated to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the college and cloister of Saint-Salvi ... The designated area on 19.47 acres includes original medieval neighborhoods, historic buildings and important sites:
The Cathedral of St. Cecilia's largest cathedral brick "fair" world, a masterpiece of Southern Gothic, completed in the 15th and 16th centuries by a unique interior decor: paintings on the vault (XVI), the largest Judgement last (fifteenth), choir and statuary, and closure of the choir loft (XV), the largest classical organs of France (XVIII), two rooms of the Treasury.
Palace Berbie (XIII-XIV).
The collegiate church of Saint-Salvi and its cloister (XIII-X).
The old bridge (1040).
The banks of the Tarn.
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