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Cathedrale Ste-Cecile, Albi
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Allegedly the largest brick building in the world, Cathedrale Ste-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. Put Cathedrale Ste-Cecile on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Albi vacation generator.
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  • Magnificent monuments the site to visit by excellence. Visit la.vieille city ask the tourist office well reported walking ballads
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  • Do not miss visiting the Cathedral during your visit to Albi, check out this joillaux of rare beauty.
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  • a cathedral in brick, huge, like a castle, beautifully painted inside (almost intact paintings since they were made), with a rare 15th in white stone lace, a fascinating visit jube.
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  • The main area is free admission, but access to the inner sanctum (literally!) costs 5€. The tower is also a premium area but we did not ask the price. Very comparable to cathedrals in the large cities of Italy. Definitely recommend a visit.
  • Impressed with the delicate sculptures at the back of the cathedral
  • One of the most striking cathedrals I've seen. Both the exterior and interior left me stunned.
  • The largest gothic cathedral in France. Ornate on one side, like something from Batman on the other side. Surprisingly colourful inside.
  • This is HUGE! Even for old European churches standards.