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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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Bath, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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186 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 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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Chester, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The building was the largest structure constructed of brick when built. Unfortunately when visiting parts of the outside were scaffolded for renovation and the impressive choir area internally was also scaffolded and excluded to visitors, although it was possible to see the exta-ordinary detailed stonework. The decoration around the cathedral is really worth seeing as it's not the typical offerings... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This has got to be one of the most impressive churches in France, if not Europe. OK it may not be the biggest , oldest etc but by its combination of construction, ornateness and resplendence, age, architecture it has it all.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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158 reviews 158 reviews
48 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The cathedral is a most spectacular building. It can be seen from all over different parts of the town. For those of you interested in history and architecture it is a must. Many parts of the cathedral are free to visit, but I think there may be other parts where there is a charge due to some barriers and a... More

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Toulouse, France
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This mammoth cathedral is beautiful and well worth a visit. Please note closed at lunchtimes during certain months.

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Les Cabannes, France
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

What a beautiful cathedral. Such interesting architecture, a mix of brick and stone which I have never seen before. The interior is absolutely magnificent - one of the most interesting and beautiful I have seen

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