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The choir of the Cathedral of Albi Gothic style was built in the 15th century. The rood screen surrounding the choir has a rich polychrome sculpture that enhances the lace white stone .

Albi cathedral , with its single nave 100 meters long, characteristic of Southern Gothic . Research unit volume of premium that maximum elevation (as it is occurs in Amiens, Beauvais ... ) . The width of the vessel ( side chapels included) is equal to the height of the arches 30 meters . The desire to not split up the space will integrate the pillars in the wall ( they form a kind of interior buttresses )
However, the continuity of space , which dominated the initial project was broken at the end of the fifteenth century by the addition of the gallery , which introduces a form of internal quota volume. This prejudice is the unity of the whole is however compensated by the very beauty of the gallery , one of the finest in France .
The rood screen is flamboyant Gothic style . Only a few statues have escaped destruction in 1794 : Adam and Eve (polychrome stone ) and Mary and St. John (wood).
 The choir , which ends with a roundabout seven-sided , is surrounded by a stone fence richly scupltée introducing thus a kind of ambulatory where there was none. Outside the fence is dotted with 33 statues. These are characters from the Old Testament , of which there are two women Esther and Judith .
 Inside, there are the statues of the 12 apostles , the Virgin , Saint John the Baptist , St. Paul and St. Cecilia . We can draw a parallel between this and the sculpture of Jean de Bourbon chapel of Cluny (positioning apostles identical inscriptions on the banners and probably workshop). The choir also has 120 stalls.
One might add that because of the fence and the rood screen , which occupy the entire eastern part of the building , worship is currently practiced in the West, unlike the tradition (we find this feature in Rodez ) .
Reference text : architecture.relig.free.fr

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