Photographer's Note

This photograph is a composite of three shots. The view is that of the walk and almost at the tower.

This imposing fortress is undoubtedly an expression of temporal and spiritual power of the bishops of Albi who built. The height and thickness of the walls attest to its defensive and deterrent. Over the centuries, various modifications have transformed it into a real pleasure palace.

Initially, the building is organized around a particular feudal room adjoining the Saint-Michel tower for the court and the ecclesiastical prisons. The defensive aspect is reinforced fortifications and building a new tower, the Mage Tower, huge tower fifty feet high, flanked by four corner towers.

In the seventeenth century, the fortifications will fall: a gate opens on to the city dock Choiseul down to the old bridge. Galleries, large lounges, a library, terraces will complement the whole. A French garden, dominated by a walkway, will replace the parade.

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