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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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  • The highest Cathedral brick world, magnificent must-see, southern Gothic open in 1480. Two centuries were needed for its construction, from 1282 to 1480.
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  • Impressive, in brick, the exterior is great but what about inside... Cathedral
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  • I was blown away by the beauty of this Cathedral. Original among many others. I learned more Holy Cécile was the protective boss I don't know how to tell musicians.
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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.
  • The single most astonishing cathedral I've seen
  • Impressive Cathedral inside and out.
  • This is HUGE! Even for old European churches standards.
  • Most impressive cathedral I've ever seen.