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“Massive!”

Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
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$22.81*
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Self-Guided 8-Hour City Tour from Toulouse to Carcassonne
Ranked #1 of 41 things to do in Albi
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed August 12, 2013

The Cathedral dominates the whole town, it is absolutely huge. We took a while to walk around inside as there is so much to see. I loved the details and the blue ceiling in the ambulatory. Well wrth a visit.

Thank Jacky D
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Amazing red brick cathedral, with phenomenal decoration on the inside - some frescos untouched since the 15th century. The bishop's palace next door is as imposing but is now the Toulouse-Lautrec museum and worth a visit.

Thank GalwayNools
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

dominates the town with powerful exterior,interior oppressive, dark and somewhat frightening,showing the wealth and extravagance of catholicism during this period.

Thank gre294
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

This place oozes power. Its a massive fortified edifice,imposing exterior and stunning interior. Outside the gargoyles look down menacingly over the gothic facade. Come through the fancy entry porch and head into the cathedral to be amazed by the enormous and biggest 'Last judgment' painting from the middle ages. check out the Choir screen...a fancy ,more intimate room which enclosed the alter.. In those days the regals and clergy were seperated from the rabble.
Fabulous angels,carvings and paintings. Gosh the church was powerful.

Thank Eli B
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Albi sits in a geological depression and is very much a low rise environment so the Cathedral is visible from miles away. The guides rightly stress its superlatives - biggest brick cathedral in the world, biggest altar screen etc, etc. It was built after the mass slaughters of the crusade against the Cathars and certainly gets across its triumphalist Catholic message - We are big, powerful and here to stay. The scènes of the tortures of hell painted on the screen merit an X rating and reinforce the threatenng nature of the structure. All of this makes it worth seeing but, as is typical of French historic attractions, the background story is essentially ingored with what little information there is based on the usual statements of who built what bit when and how big it is.

Basically, if you haven't already read up on the Cathars and the aftermath of the crusade against them, it is all a bit of a bore. To me, the most impressive bits, after the "WOW What a Building!" reaction are the walks in the adjoining cathedral precinct with its gardens and view of old Albi and the Tarn bridges followed by a bit of shade in the St Sernin cloisters across the plaza.

The Tourism Office next door is largely a waste of space and could be used more effetively as a low key interpretation centre to put the whole complex and its hixtory into some form of intelligible context without detracting from the structures themselves. Wasted opportunity, really, but still very much worth a visit if your are in the area.

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