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  • 1 Cathedral of Saint Cecilia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Ste-Cécile

    The Cathédrale Ste-Cécile is a veritable fortress of brick, a striking building opening through a canopy porch. The chancel is enclosed by a rood Screen made of lace-like stonework and decorated with magnificent statues; the fresco of the Last Judgme..

  • 2 Banks of the Tarn Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rue E. Branly

    Starting from the Albi Tourist Office, follow the circuit Azur (blue loop) to explore the banks of the Tarn River which offer superb views of the city and its old fortifications. On the right bank of the Tarn there are some nicely restored old brick ..

  • 3 Toulouse-Lautrec Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Place Ste-Cécile - palais de la Berbie

    The world's most significant collection of works by Toulouse-Lautrec, which came about thanks to a generous donation from the painter's mother, Countess Adèle, is preserved in this museum, renovated in 2012. Paintings, drawings, lithographs and all o..

  • 4 Chemist's of the Penitents Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue des Pénitents

    This is typical of the 16C Albi style with its intercrossed bricks and timber. Renaissance décor on the façade.

  • 5 Reynes House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Timbal

    The Hotel de Reynes, a Renaissance home belonging to rich mechants, contains a courtyard decorated with two superimposed galleries adjoining a 14C corner tower. Don't miss the two busts of François I and Eleanor of Austria, as well as the female figu..

  • 6 Berbie Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Ste-Cécile

    This fortified palace was begun in 1254 or 1265 by Durand de Beaucaire. Bernard de Castanet made it into a fortress, equipped with a massive keep, which can be seen from the river. The fortress was gradually given a less foreboding look (the wall-wal..

  • 7 Albi's Old Bridge

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Fine viewpoint over the upper reaches of Albi, dominated by the cathedral-forteress and Berbie Palace. Emblematic of the city, this bridge built in 1035 is one of the oldest in France. It has remained a major thoroughfare.

  • 8 Rue Toulouse-Lautrec

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A vestige of the town's prosperity in the woad business, the Hôtel Decazes (n° 10 rue Toulouse-Lautrec) illustrates the change from Renaissance to Classical; its impressive stone staircase is splendid. The street also contains the Hôtel Lapérouse and..

  • 9 Berbie Palace Garden

    Nature and gardens

    Place Ste-Cécile

    A magnificent French garden stretches beneath the fortified foundations of Berbie Palace. A wall-walk shaded by vines provides a lovely view of this striking setting, including the garden and the opposite bank of the Tarn.

  • 10 Rue Timbal

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Timbal

    In this street, note the Hôtel Reynès, a brick and stone Renaissance building with a corner tower from the 14C. Further on, the Maison Enjalbert (16C), alternating brick and half-timbering, now houses a shop.

  • 11 Hotel Séré-de-Rivieres

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue St-Clair

    This (15C-18C) home belonged to a family made rich by the woad business in the pays de cocagne (land of plenty).

  • 12 Old Alby House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Croix-Blanche

    The Old Alby House (Maison du Vieil Alby), a medieval home made of brick and wood, is used nowadays for crafts exhibitions.

  • 13 Albi Mills

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de la Visitation

    Nowadays these former brick mills on the right bank of the Tarn River house flats, a hotel, the Lapérouse Museum and the regional tourist office. Lining Botany Bay Square, they offer a breathtaking view of the Tarn, the Old Bridge and the old town do..

  • 14 Laperouse Museum

    Museums and art

    41 r. Porta

    This museum honours Jean-François de Galaup de Lapérouse (1741-1788), who set out on a scientific expedition on the frigates La Boussole and L' Astrolabe in 1785, and disappeared in a shipwreck. Thanks to navigational instruments, maps and ship model..

  • 15 St.Salvi Church

    Religious buildings

    Place du Cloître-St-Salvy

    It was the Cathars who were responsible for the delays in the building of this church, which was started in 11C and resumed in 13C. In the meantime, Romanesque had been replaced by Gothic. The change is manifest in the Romanesque stone tower with Lom..

  • 16 Rochegude Park

    Nature and gardens

    Boulevard Carnot

    This pleasant park contains the fontaine du Griffoul, a huge lead (13C) vat decorated with bas-reliefs and a central motif in bronze.

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