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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Tarn

Albi - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Tarn
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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.

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Albi

45 minutes from Toulouse, Albi, located on a promontory at the edge of the Tarn, can be proud of its rich heritage of the past. True, it has survived the centuries without too much damage. Even today, the ancient center with narrow streets lined with medieval houses and beautiful buildings bear witness to its history.

Sainte-Cécile Cathedral and the Berbie palace, built in the thirteenth century to consolidate the power of the Catholic Church after the chaotic episode of the crusade against the Albigensians, the Old Bridge, which in the eleventh century allowed the economic development of the city, the mansions of the sixteenth century that recall the flourishing period when the pastel, dye plant, was cultivated between Albi, Toulouse and Carcassonne... Without forgetting the colorful characters, like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec or adventurers like Lapérouse and Rochegude.

But one of the strengths of the city of Albi is his side "south"... medium-sized city, with its brick architecture impresses with his singing accent, colorful markets where local products catch the eye as much as buds.

Along the Tarn that divides the city, a hiking trail in the heart of town following the banks of 4 km: the Breakaway Verte.

Albi, dynamic city, cultural city, college town, but also voted the most sporting town in France in 2012.

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 collegiate church and cloister Saint-Salvi... The area classified on 19.47 ha includes original medieval neighborhoods, historical monuments and major sites:

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Barge trip in Albi and on the Tarn
Entertainment7 € to 25 € Albi

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Events and festivities

Night Pastel 2021
Night Pastel 2020 - Postponed
Music Festival
France Championship Balls Adapted Sport

Photos

Berbie Palace (© OT Albi)
Berbie Palace (© OT Albi)
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Barge on the Tarn Albi (© OT Albi)
Barge on the Tarn Albi (© OT Albi)
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Bridge over the Tarn
Bridge over the Tarn
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Cloitre Saint-Salvi (© OT Albi)
Cloitre Saint-Salvi (© OT Albi)
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old town
old town
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Albi and Tarn boat
Albi and Tarn boat
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A street near the cathedral
A street near the cathedral
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Albi, the Episcopal city
Albi, the Episcopal city
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Cathedral
Cathedral
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Saint-Salvi cloister
Saint-Salvi cloister
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St. Cecilia Cathedral
St. Cecilia Cathedral
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Cathedral
Cathedral
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Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
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Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
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Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
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Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
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Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
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Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
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Cathedral
Cathedral
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Statue of La Perouse
Statue of La Perouse
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Street Albi
Street Albi
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Rue de la Croix Blanche
Rue de la Croix Blanche
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Bridge over the Tarn
Bridge over the Tarn
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Old bridge over the Tarn
Old bridge over the Tarn
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Bridge over the Tarn
Bridge over the Tarn
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Museum entrance
Museum entrance
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old neighborhoods
old neighborhoods
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Church of Breuil
Church of Breuil
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Albi steeple dominant of the Sainte-Cécile cathedral
Albi steeple dominant of the Sainte-Cécile cathedral
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Albi in the historic center (© OT Albi)
Albi in the historic center (© OT Albi)
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On the green Escape, hiking in the heart of the city of Albi
On the green Escape, hiking in the heart of the city of Albi
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Brick and timber (© OT Albi)
Brick and timber (© OT Albi)
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Entrance to the museum Toulouse-Lautrec (© OT Albi)
Entrance to the museum Toulouse-Lautrec (© OT Albi)
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Collegiate Church Saint-Salvi (© OT Albi)
Collegiate Church Saint-Salvi (© OT Albi)
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With train to Albi (© OT Albi)
With train to Albi (© OT Albi)
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Ruelle Albi
Ruelle Albi
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Street Albi
Street Albi
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Street Albi
Street Albi
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Street Albi
Street Albi
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Cathedral
Cathedral
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Albi and Tarn boat
Albi and Tarn boat
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Albi and Tarn boat
Albi and Tarn boat
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Albi and Tarn boat
Albi and Tarn boat
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Albi and Tarn boat
Albi and Tarn boat
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Tarn boat
Tarn boat
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Albi and Tarn boat
Albi and Tarn boat
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Bridges of Albi boat
Bridges of Albi boat
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Bridges of Albi boat
Bridges of Albi boat
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The cathedral from the Tarn
The cathedral from the Tarn
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On the tarn Albi
On the tarn Albi
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The cathedral and the Tarn
The cathedral and the Tarn
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Albi from a balloon
Albi from a balloon
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Fashion Museum at 17 rue de la Souque
Fashion Museum at 17 rue de la Souque
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Fashion Museum
Fashion Museum
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Fashion Museum
Fashion Museum
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Fashion Museum
Fashion Museum
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Fashion Museum
Fashion Museum
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Saint-Salvi cloister
Saint-Salvi cloister
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New Bridge (© ViVilRoz)
New Bridge (© ViVilRoz)
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Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
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Berbie Palace
Berbie Palace
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Gardens of the Berbie palace
Gardens of the Berbie palace
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View from the Palace of Berbie
View from the Palace of Berbie
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Gardens of the Berbie palace
Gardens of the Berbie palace
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Saint-Salvi cloister
Saint-Salvi cloister
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old quarter
old quarter
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