The most imposing building in Albi, the SAINTE-CECILE CATHEDRAL is unique.
Its bell tower (78m) dominates the city and the surrounding region like a medieval watchtower. The cathedral is the world's largest brick-built cathedral and with the Berbie Palace, these two monuments represent unique examples of brick-built architecture.
A unique world-famous monument built in brick
The construction of Albi’s cathedral began in the 13th century and took two hundred years to complete. It is the biggest brick cathedral in the world: 113 metres long and 35 metres wide. Visitors are often surprised by its monumental size and frequently compare it to a castle.
A masterpiece of the Southern Gothic style, the Saint-Cécile Cathedral is a testament to the power of the Roman Catholic church following the successful suppression of the Cathar heretics. With its extraordinary interior covered in frescoes and decoratively painted chapels, the cathedral houses some exceptional examples of religious art.
Can be seen here looking up:
The Rood Screen: a rare rood-screen sculpted in soft limestone with over 270 statues made by the “Bourguignons de Cluny” stonemasons.
The Nave: painted between 1509 and 1512, it has a splendid azure-coloured ceiling and thirty chapels from the Renaissance.
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