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“Fortress Albi!”

Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
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Self-Guided 8-Hour City Tour from Toulouse to Carcassonne
Ranked #1 of 41 things to do in Albi
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed April 18, 2014

Built over a period of 200 years, starting in the 13th century, the cathedral remains the largest all-brick building on the Planet. A statement of power - a symbol of the intention of the Catholic Church to crush the merest hint of heresy, following their eradication of the gentle Cathars - it really does look like a fortress. Yet inside there is a great deal of stunning and intricate architecture (the rood screen, for example) ; and all in all it is an impressive - some would say awe-inspiring - edifice.

I would allow at least a half-hour to appreciate it all. A (secular!) bonus for the hot and footsore is that it is always chilly in there ; and there is of course plenty of seating......

If you need wheelchair access, don't be daunted by all those steps. With the cathedral to your right, go past the main entrance, and carry on round to the other side of the building. There is an accessible entrance there.

Thank Trish M
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

Not to be missed. The quality of the Gothic carving and paintings throughout were astounding. Particularly liked the Last Judgment which may have been influenced by Rogier van der Weyden. The rood screen is a rare survival. Unfortunately one of the personnel did not show up, so we could not gain entry to the choir or treasury.

Thank RittSq
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Albi is a bit off the beaten track and I would not think you need more than half a day to see the best of it.

But the Cathedrale is a must see...not just in this town but among all you may wander to in France. Very different. Gives you a real feel for the Cathers and what they faced.

Plenty of good places to eat close by...so make a nice stop.

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

The building is built in the medieval style, using the brick/mortar materials developed by the Romans. It is a stunning construction with an interesting gothic screen to the choir stalls

Thank R_S_201
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

Ensure you have at least an hour to visit the cathedral and it's well worth the 3€ fee for the audio guide in your chosen language! an amazing piece of history and the main reason most people visit Albi (but there is a lot more to see besides to make it a whole day destination).

Thank petercheshire
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