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View of the city of Albi, at the river Tarn, the photo shows a part of the shore opposite the historic center of the city and thus the cathedral.

"Albi is a French town in the South of France, capital of the department of Tarn in the Midi-Pyrenees and the seat of the Archbishop.

With 49 179 inhabitants in 2011 called Albigensian Albi, which is the main city of the metropolitan area in the Albigensian (80 121 inhabitants (2010)), is positioned as the third largest city in the Midi-Pyrenees region, after Montauban and Toulouse in terms of population. Albi is also the second economic city in the region. The urban area of Albi (95 892 (2010) inhabitants) and its urban unit that has 72 453 (2010). The suburb extends Arthès, St. Juery, The Sequestrator and other towns in the Albigensian city. Albi is nicknamed the "Red City" because of the color of the brick cathedral and historical center.

Albi is notable for its impressive fortified cathedral Sainte-Cécile and Berbie Palace, the former palace of the Archbishops of Albi, which dominate the historic downtown and the river. Birthplace of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, it houses a museum with the largest collection in the world of post-Impressionist painter works. Finally, Albi is mostly a historical landmark whose name was given to the Cathars, the Albigensians, who suffered a violent crackdown in the thirteenth century by the Roman Catholic Church known as the Albigensian Crusade. The St. Cecilia Cathedral was built by the Catholics to fight against the Cathar heresy.

On Saturday, July 31, 2010, in Brasilia, the Episcopal city of Albi is added to the World Heritage List of UNESCO. It includes within its scope the Sainte-Cécile cathedral, church fortified exposed ocher brick built between 1282 and 1480, the Berbie palace, home to the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, the church of Saint Salvi cloister, the banks of Tarn and the old buildings and several historic monuments bridge .... "according to Wikipedia

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