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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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  • Grandiose Cathedral in every sense of the term. Exceptional architecture. Exceptional murals. A highly recommended
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  • I was enthralled by the beauty of the place. Currently, there are works that disrupt the visit a bit, but probably necessary for the rehabilitation of the monument.
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  • The Cathedral of Santa Cecilia is a construction check in brick red, I not have seen anything equal. He is now in reforms and loses much charm to the visit. A visit is required if you're coming to Albi.
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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.