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Cathedrale Ste-Cecile

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Address: Near place du Vigan | in the medieval center of town, Albi, France
Phone Number: 05-63-43-23-43
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Very majestic monument, inside and out. Your really feel the wow! factor when inside. It is a location you will remember in your travels of France. You can pay for visiting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Toulouse, France
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Very majestic monument, inside and out. Your really feel the wow! factor when inside. It is a location you will remember in your travels of France. You can pay for visiting extra locations (treasury and reserved alter) which are not very interesting but also the ticket is not expensive (2 or 3 euros), so you do it once, but if... More 

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Marseillan, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

One of the greatest Cathedrals I've ever seen. Two distinct parts to it and many symbolic paintings and symbols of the Catholics suppressing the Cathars. Highly recommended

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Witney, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The size of the cathedral is surprising, given the relative size of Albi. The work that must have gone into building it is astonishing. The inside is equally impressive, and it is a good idea to take one of their audio tours ( available in several languages). There is a lot of restoration work going on at present in the... More 

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Girona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We saw it from the distance, then approached and entered it. It is magnificient in the outside, but the interior is also fantastic. We also paid the extra to enter the choir (which is under work at the moment...) for 2 euro, it is worth it. What a gem.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The purpose of this cathedral was to intimidate the populace who were thought to be insufficiently Catholic, so it's really a bit creepy. If I knew less history would like it better.

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Bucharest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Albi itself is a little gem of a town, the Cathedral is the main sparkle. Well worth a visit on the way to the Lavender Road. Inside one could see preserved the Southern Gothic Style architecture and the frescoes on the enormous vaulted ceiling comprise the largest and oldest ensemble of Italian Renaissance painting in France. This one stands out... More 

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kingsville ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Getting the audio tour will give you all sorts of inside information on how, when and why the cathedral was built. Well worth the extra!!

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Whitefish, Montana, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It blew us away....the inside is not to be believed....the blus patterned painted walls are breath-taking. St. Cecelia's is now my favorite church in Europe....and that's saying a lot.

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Noosa, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The cathedral dominates the old city of Albi - which we visited almost be accident, but were so glad to have experienced. The cathedral is a riot of interesting features and provides a good audio tour to help understand the significance of what one is looking at. Allow a couple of hours for the cathedral, plus some time to explore... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

With an unusual ornate, side entrance, this Gothic Cathedral, built in the 13th century, is the largest brick building in the world. With a most impressive exterior, the interior of this cathedral is like non other. The central choir, or choeur, is reserved for members of the religious order and is surrounded by a roodscreen with detailed filigree stone work... More 

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