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Cathedrale Ste-Cecile

Near place du Vigan | in the medieval center of town, Albi, France
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Albi
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We are informed that this is the largest brick built Cathedral in the world. It is truly awe inspiring both inside and out. If in Albi in the Tarn Valley its a must to visit. The surrounding streets and squares are also worth wandering around, some very good eating places too.

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71 reviews 71 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

First, it is made out of red bricks, not stone. Second, every inch of the ceiling has been painted; breathtaking! Third, one of France's prettiest formal gardens is next door. Fourth, the Toulouse Lautrec museum is near by.

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Oakville, Ontario
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103 reviews 103 reviews
46 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I agree with most of the posters who have praised this cathedral for its unique attributes. It is so imposing in its size and building material of brick instead of stone. The purchased audio tour is informative and because the cathedral has such a rich historical significance, I would recommend using the guide. I was absolutely amazed with the altar... More

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Paris, France
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

When you enter the cathedral, it is breathtaking! Do not miss going to the "choir" and rent the audio guide for a few euros - it's worth it.

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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Saint Cecilia's Cathedral dominates Albi and is the main reason for its heritage status with the UN - that and the cobbled streets, the palace of the bishops and the pretty river with a bridge over it in constant use for nearly 1,000 years. The Cathedral is huge, fortified, impressive but one cannot climb the tower, it presents itself inside... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Quite simply a cathedral of superlatives. Although it may not be the biggest brick building in Europe, it is certainly the most wonderful! Astounding conception, the largest Italian renaissance frescoes outside of Italy, the biggest organ, the largest choir screen, a terrifying painting of the last judgment, you will not forget your visit.

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Bucharest, Romania
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Very sober at the exterior, the Sainte Cecile cathedral in Albi looks like a castle more than a acathedral. But once you enter the huge building, you get amazed by the refined sculptures and impressive columns. Don't miss Albi if you visit the Pyrenees region.

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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The cathedral sits in the heart of the town square, surrounded by a lovely collection of cafes, shops and the castle which also houses the Toulouse Lautrec museum. The cathedral is just a beautiful architecturally visual brick structure from the outside, full of brilliant colours,detailed stonework and ornateness on the inside, yet not like so many of the cathedrals that... More

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Moncton, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

During our travels in France we did a day trip into Albi and this cathedral is an absolute must see. We did not experience any lines or significant crowds as we did in other cities. The cathedral itself is magnificent from the outside and the details and brilliant colours inside can not be described, they must be experienced. Absolutely worth... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

And it shows! The Cathedral and all the buildings surrounding it are incredible. Massive brick edifices wherever you look. Not only that, a beautiful river and far too many majestic bridges for such a small stretch of water! The Cathedral is visually stunning from the outside and equally impressive inside. Restoration works prevented a full circuit but awe inspiring all... More

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