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Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Albi

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Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Church
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Allegedly the largest brick building in the world, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile features many oversized structures, including a vault that boasts the largest painted surface in the world at 200 sq m (656 sq ft). These frescoes make up the largest and oldest ensemble of Italian Renaissance paintings in France. Added in 1492 CE, the bell tower stands 78 m (256 ft) tall. The nave is the widest Gothic example in France at 18 m (60 ft). Over 200 magnificent polychrome statues carved by artists from Cluny's workshops decorate the interior with their original colors. See Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and all Albi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Albi day trip planning app.
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  • I have visited quite a few cathedrals and this is up there with some of the best. The exterior is unlike most cathedrals and it is awe-inspiring size-wise, It dominates the city. The interior is... 
    I have visited quite a few cathedrals and this is up there with some of the best. The exterior is unlike most cathedrals and it is awe-inspiring size-wise, It dominates the city. The interior is...  more »
  • Amazingly complex decoration, with a stunning mix of geometric and figurative design. Well worth the 5 euros for audio guide and entry to the choir area. 
    Amazingly complex decoration, with a stunning mix of geometric and figurative design. Well worth the 5 euros for audio guide and entry to the choir area.  more »
  • If you visit Albi this is a must. You cant miss the Cathedral when in town, Its whole history is impressive and ads greatly to the history of Albi as well. The fresco`s and paintings inside are... 
    If you visit Albi this is a must. You cant miss the Cathedral when in town, Its whole history is impressive and ads greatly to the history of Albi as well. The fresco`s and paintings inside are...  more »
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  • This lovely Cathedral with its superb architecture would be a destination in itself if the quaint town wouldn't keep the wondering visitor walking around its lovely streets. The food is also nice. A bit expensive for a little town off the beaten path.
  • I think it's the largest brick built cathedral in Europe, or possibly the world. A truly imposing moment, both inside and out. Well worth a visit.
  • This is one of the best churches in the world. Beside being the tallest brick building in the world, it's frescoes are still in perfect conditions afte centuries and apparently haven't even been retouched ever since they were made. The architecture from the outside is simply breathtaking and indoor the church is divided into 3 main portions, all visitable. This is a real gem that any art lover will appreciate. World class destination.
  • The most beautiful cathedral that I have visited. Absolutely stunning, the audio guide was excellent.
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