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Albi Highlights

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     Wonderful city, with an impressive Cathedral and spectacular scenery! 

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    rinnywee says…

     The heat in summer. :) 

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     you must visit Albi once... 

Albi Things to Do

  • Musée de Toulouse-Lautrec

    The artist's museum is house in the impressive Palais de la Berbie. It was one of the main attractions for me in visiting Albi.The gardens of the palace are very alluring. I decided to have a look around the gardens before going inside as it was sunny when I got there. Lovely, and great views of the river, the Pont Vieux and La Madeleine.The bad...

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  • Pont Vieux

    This is one of the bridges over the Tarn, and is a great place to get good views of the cathedral and museum. It is also a good place for a quiet picnic - that's where I went with my sandwich.It dates from 1040, and is one of the oldest bridges in France which is still in use.Walking there and back from the cathedral (for example) will take you...

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  • Cathedral of Albi.

    Albi cathedral formally the cathedral of saint Cecilia is the seat of the Archbishop of Albi. It was first built as a fortress in 1287, built in brick it claims to be the largest brick built building in the world. In 2010 the cathedral became a world hertage site. The inside is stunning to see.

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  • Musée Toulouse Lautrec

    “Aaaah, what a daubing!” exclaimed a woman next to me when discovering a Kandinsky in a museum in . . . . . Well, Toulouse Lautrec who, by far, is not in my painter’s pantheon, can certainly not be considered as a dauber, and I have to admit his lithographic works are very expressive and precise, they really transmit a message, and even just a...

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  • Magnificent Cathedral

    You must visit the extraordinary and massive Sainte-Cécile Cathedral. It dominates the Albi skyline like a bird hovering over it's nest. It is quite impressive and dominating, and very captivating. The interior is grand and ornate, but not heavy or busy. It is just plainly magnificent. Jaw dropping, must not be missed!

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  • Oh, the Beauty of it

    The Palais de la Berbie, is one of the most spectucular spots in all of Europe. I was just amazed at how lovely it is. The views and scenery, the architecture and sculputure, and of course the impeccable gardens. All together they are breathtaking. Very impressive and lovely and a testement to the weath and power of the the French Church during the...

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  • Squares of Albi

    Pics:- Main: Place Sainte-Cécile (seeing the back of the Cathedral- Second: Place du Cloître Saint Salvy- Third: Place Sainte-Cécile (taken from the Tourist Office)- Fourth: Another nice square

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  • Streets of Albi

    Pics:- Main: Rue Mariés- Second: Rue Saint Julien- Third: Rue Timbal- Fourth: Rue Peyrolière- Fifth: Rue Sainte Cécile

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  • Palais de la Berbie/Musée...

    This Palace is even older than the Palais des Papes (Popes’ Palace) in Avignon. Former the Bishops' Palace of Albi, it houses now the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum and the Tourist Office.Its name comes from the Occitan word Bisbia, meaning Bishops' Palace.For the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec/Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, I didn't visit it, so, I can't give you an...

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  • Cathédrale de Sainte-Cécile (1/2)

    Some other buildings were on the site where this Cathedral was built. The first one, from the 4th century, was destroyed in 666. The next one, from 920, received the name of Saint Cécile, the patroness of musicians and was replaced in the 13th century by a Romanesque Cathedral.The Gothic Cathedral we can admire now, was built between 1.282 and...

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  • Cathédrale de Sainte-Cécile (2/2)

    ....the exterior resembles a fortress, nothing to do with the interior where I’d like to highlight the pulpit (second pic), the choir (fifth pic) and the organ (18th century).

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  • Study the Art of Toulouse-Lautrec

    Lautrec was a minor great painter, in part because he did not live very long and had an infirmity. He was primarily a sketcher with a strong lively line. He became interested in the new technic of color lithography which required him to develop a simpler "Japanese"-like style and qualifies him to be considered as an Art Nouveau artist. He was very...

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  • Le Palais de la Berbie

    The Museum Toulouse-Lautrec is housed in the Berbie Palace (the name a corruption of the local term for a Bishop). When Bernard de Castenet started the cathedral in 1265, he altered the plans for his palace already underway to participate in the fortress function, including a donjon and massive protective walls. In 1598 after the Edict of Nantes,...

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  • Le Vieil Albi: Hotel de Reynes

    The Hotel is next to the Prefecture. It was the home of a rich merchant and now is the seat of the Chamber of Commerce. It has an inner courtyard entered through an impressive gate on the street. The courtyard is fronted by two a stone dressed arcade and gallery with a brick tower in the corner. In the courtyard is an ancient well (another sign of...

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  • Le Vieil Albi: Maison Enjalbert

    This large 16C home is also known as the "Pharmacie des Penitents". It is on the next corner after the Prefecture. Today there is a modern pharmacy on the ground floor. It has most beautiful and varied carving on its vertical posts and horizontal frames and window surrounds. On one there can be seen, at the center, a "Mannekin Pis". Here in Albi,...

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Albi Restaurants

  • Great meal

    I had the plate of the day and dessert for 11euro 50. This was the best meal of my holiday. It was chicken pieces, mushrooms, onions in a lovely sauce gravy.

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  • Must visit here

    Share the same bricks with St.Cecile Cathedral.Feel like You are in the medieval ages. forgot the name, but it was a dish with small octapus...very tasty

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  • Wonderful Violet ice cream

    I expected something violet, or purple. . . or pink. . . . The common violet (Viola odorata) you all have seen in woods or gardens exists in several varieties, some of which are used as medicinal herbs or as base for some culinary specialities; the Viola odorata var. parmensis (Parma violet) gave its name to “parma”, a delicate blue. The mess...

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Albi Transportation

  • SNCF

    I took the train from Toulouse for my day trip. A TER in each direction. That meant a single car diesel. Journey time was about 50 minutes. Comfortable but not fast. Time to take in the passing countryside. It cost about €27, but I bought my tickets just before I left and I suspect it would have saved money to buy in advance. The station is just a...

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  • By Car: How Far/How Long...?

    Some road distances to Albi from:- Bern (Switzerland):707 kms.- Madrid (Spain): 891 kms.- Nijmegen (Holland): 1.184 kms.- Pecs (Hungary): 1.707 kms.Checking the website, you’ll find more road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.

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Albi Shopping

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  • Food

    The Municipal Council of Albi held in 1.901 a competition to build this covered market, and until 1.982, it was the only main food shopping area in Albi.

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  • Shops!!

    I'm not gonna describe you all of them! Know that if you must buy something beside Gifts e.d.: shoes, Men's Clothes, lingerie :-D you find lots of them in Albi!It helped me out, and notice there was during the first week of August ... these shoping days with lots of discount ('solden' in dutch) every-thing! It seems that they had all fair prices

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Albi Local Customs

  • Another local celebrity : Toulouse...

    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was 21 years old when he painted this (Femme assise nue) “sitting naked woman” in 1883 (picture 1); this could denote either a premature authority and perversity, or a premature artistic sensitivity, or both, but whatever, the great painter was already there, in this painting which is a symbol of the biggest part of the...

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  • Not a local custom, but a local...

    Any news from La Pérouse?There was no Internet at the end of the 18th century, neither VT, for getting online news from the travel world at that time. When Louis XVI, last of the Capet dynasty of kings of France asked this to the executioner upon walking up the scaffold where Dr Guillotin’s machine was ready to chop his head off, Jan 21st 1793, La...

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  • Painting Houses

    I dont know what it was... was it just a unique painting/art or was it something to make a place more attractive but the longer I visited these towns in South France the more I found out that you find these masive paintings on walls, showing a 3D view...

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Albi Tourist Traps

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    Cathedrale Ste. C��cile, Albi

    by Renteboy Written Aug 14, 2005

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    Ok, As much I recommend this visit, you must know the entry of the Cathedrale is free (doh!) but if you want to see more (treasure, ...) you WILL PAY! not that they will need the money I believe, but hey... you are the tourist and even in God's house nothings seems to be for free! A bit a bummer ...

    Unique Suggestions: Show them your back! ... or pay and tell me what you saw :-D

    Fun Alternatives: eum... the same as above

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Albi Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk to discover the Saint Salvy...

    When you walk on the great square between the Basilica and Palais de la Berbie, and look on the roofs of the old city, you will see a small crenulated circular brick tower above a square base and will be wondering what that is (picture 1). You will walk in Rue Mariès to get closer, and at the intersection of this street with the Place du Cloître St...

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  • The church of Saint Salvy Collegial

    After having had a general view of the church from the Place du Cloître you have to return to rue Mariès to enter the church under a double roman arch where an ugly square door frame has been added (picture 1).The building of St Salvy began in Carolingian times (8th century) for monks established here; the tower has been elevated end 11th century,...

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  • Admire the polychrome statues in St...

    Strong fragrances of incense welcome you when you enter the church, and immediately on the right side you see one of the jewel of the place! In dim light, in front of a red curtain, a group of human size statues will catch your eyes, your attention, your sensitivity. . . . . That sort of group of statues is quite rare in French churches, and I...

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  • General Info

    Tourist OfficePalais de la BerbiePlace Sainte CécileF-81000 Albi - Tel.: (+33) (0)5 63 49 48 80 - E. mail: accueil@albitourisme.com- Internet: www.albi-tourisme.fr

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  • The Weather in Albi

    Don't forget to check the Weather before the vsit.

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  • Henri Toulouse-Lautrec's Cane

    Lautrec's cane was a support for him in two ways. Firstly it was a walking stick that helped him move about on his deformed legs. Secondly, it was specially made for him at his design to contain a central glass chamber in which he carried a goodly supply of cognac for times of need. This remarkable device is exhibited in the museum in his honor,...

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And other little jewels in the church
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The beautiful romantic cloister of St Salvy
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Roman and Gothic sculptures
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War Memorial
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Hôtel Reynès
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View from the Pont Vieux
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Visit Nearby Cordes
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Medicines, Woad , Dyestuffs and Back Again
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Le Vieil Albi: A 15C House
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St.-Salvy: Find the Square Behind the Apse
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St.-Salvi: Examine the Cloister Capitals
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St.-Salvy: Enter the Cloister
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Walk to the Church of St.-Salvy
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Ste.-Cecile: There Are Other Treasures Too
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Ste.-Cecile: Finally Visit the Grand Choir
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Ste.-Cecile: Examine the Jube and Ambulatory
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Ste.-Cecile: Enter the Nave
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Ste.-Cecile: The Last Judgement
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Ste.-Cecile: Climb and Enter via the Canopy
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Ste.-Cecile: The Bell-Tower is the West Front
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Ste.-Cecile: Look At the Fortress-Church Exterior
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Fontaine Verdusse
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All sorts of mints in St Salvy
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For a wonderful picnic
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See the cathedral from every street!
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And also a bit modern art!
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The Occitan cross
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A few street views
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Brick arches.
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And the entrance, in case you missed. . . .
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Unique blue !
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Walk around the choir and discover tens of statues
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Flamboyant Gothic art
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Hell and purgatory
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Discover Sainte Cecile
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Walk around the market hall
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Palais de la Berbie
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Watch the big trompe-l’œil
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Bricks
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boat trip
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