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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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  • At the entrance to the outside from the pigeon poop a little disappointed when the heavens and the Earth. But coming in, I was surprised at the pomp of the Interior. Irmina Cecile Cathedral la for NYE ... Internal picture to you once fished ...
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  • Not to be missed! The St. Cecilia Cathedral is the largest Cathedral of bricks in the world. It culminates the town of its high Bell Tower of 78 m...
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  • This built Cathedral of 1282 to 1480 on a rocky hill overlooking the Tarn, is one of the most beautiful that I had the opportunity to visit. Like many building in this sector, the exterior architecture is southern Gothic. This in fact the largest red brick Cathedral outdoor brick in the world. It is the only Cathedral dedicated to St. Cecilia of rome. Although more austere than other cathedrals, its finely decorated door and his masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic porch tempered this effect. In contrast its bell tower Dungeon is massive and practically without opening. One in alignment of the nave reinforced the fortifications separating the AW Albi. This alignment did not therefore make an entry to this place. Concerning the place St. Cecile, is in the middle of the 19th century homes that surrounded the Cathedral was destroyed. Inside the Cathedral, the paid part called the treasure room has window of objects once kept in a room high and inaccessible to the public. This sacred art is really beautiful. There are paintings, relics, an Italian polyptych of the 14th century. In the second room, the jumpers are exposed with their meanings and their origins. There are also exposed by objects from the Church Saint Salvy, of the Abbey of Candeil and the Toulouse Lautrec museum. The processional cross of the 16th century carved rock crystal is superb. For €6 the visit is done. Once the above is complete, an audio guide is delivered and the visit of the Cathedral can begin. The murals are beautiful. The choir dating from the end of the 15th century, is the place or the canons sang the office to the glory of God, and celebrated daily mass. Outside there are characters inside the new and the old testament. To the East lies a statue of Madonna and child. In the West we find a statue of Holy cecile. At the historical level, during the revolution Jean-Joachim of Gausserand request demolition of the choir and the jube. Thanks to Jean François Mariès and the Minister of the Interior at the time the project was abandoned. We appreciate all the more the fine sculptures. Looking up we can admire the paintings of the vault, which dates back to the beginning of the 16th century. Carried out by Italian painters of Bologna, they extend over almost 100 meters long and 20 meters wide. They have never been restored. Finally the pulpit and the organ built in 1734 to 1736 and then restored later is really nice. Although the part behind the new altar is in the works, behind the paintings here are beautiful. In regard to the audio guide has 21 points. The only problem here is the richness of the explanation because it is impossible to remember everything so the content is important. Some explanations are at times quite theological and intended for an audience of connoisseurs. So for children or adolescents the tour becomes quickly boring. In terms of time it well takes a morning if you really want to enjoy the visit. The price of € 5 for the visit of the large chorus is a minimum to be expected. The visit is a must if you spend over 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.