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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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  • Everything is exceptional in this Cathedral, as well outdoors as indoors. The exceptional Jube ceiling painted without never having been touched but also the restored organ and the fresco of the last judgment, not to mention the treasure. Audio guide very well done and recommended for enthusiasts who have the time.
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  • It is the largest Cathedral in the world built of brick... Remarkable inside for his 16th s paintings and 18th century... his jube... his ancienneset his majestic organ statues
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  • The Ste-Cecile earns its reputation as a unique piece of architecture - a huge brick cathedral. However, the somewhat austere outer appearance belies the magnificence of the decorations within the san...  more »
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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.