Georges Rouzeau - 2011-01-12
A Fortress-like Monument of Faith – a guided tour of Albi’s St. Cecilia Cathedral with Archpriest Paul de Cassagnac.
Albi’s St. Cecilia Cathedral shouldfirst be admired from a distance, from the banks of the Tarn and preferably in the morning whilst it’s warmed gently by the sun. We begin by ascending the old town which leads us to this “monument of faith”, designed in the style of a military fortress.
Its massive walls are flanked with a porch entrance and a baldaquin with decorations as exuberant as they are delicate. It’s a taster of what awaits visitors inside: the choir-screen, the organ, the frescoes adorning the walls and the vault; Saint Cecilia Cathedral rivals some of the world’s best museums. Yet this poem of stone and pigments can be read like the scriptures themselves, as Paul de Cassagnac, Archpriest of the Cathedral shows us in the following images.