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Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi, Albi

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Allegedly the largest brick building in the world, Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi 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 Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Albi vacation generator.
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  • Very huge, beautiful and of of a kind cathedral. Worth a special journey. Construction of this cathedral took over two centuries.  more »
  • Spent a whole day here. It is such an amazing cathedral. The artwork was memorising and captivated us upon arrival. Thankfully it was cool inside and we were pleased to have a break from the heat. If ...  more »
  • We took the 40 stairs up to the tower, there were displays at the top. We rented the recorders which were extremely helpful in understanding the history of the cathedral.  more »
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  • St. Cecile Cathedral is at the heart of the old town of Albi. Walk down the narrow cobbled streets, turn a corner & bang, there it is in all it's awsomness! It is the tallest brick built building in the world & boy does it make it's presence felt. Inside you are blown away by it's sheer majesty, the decoration is beautiful. One of the finest Cathedrals I have ever seen.
  • Superb cathedral, brick. You can take an audioguide. Don't forget to pass by the rivers, the Tarn : There are stairs all the way round. The museum of Toulouse Lautrec is right next door too.
  • Unusually, this is a brick cathedral - immense - beautiful ceiling and choir area. Stunning. A must see in Albi
  • Massive structure of bricks!! No doubt this site is included in UNESCO!! Must visit 🌍🌍🌍
  • A "must go" place for tourist. Yiu can't imaging how facennating inside the cathedrew.

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