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Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Albi

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Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Church
Allegedly the largest brick building in the world, Cathedrale Sainte-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. See Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and all Albi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Albi day trip planning app.
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  • The massive size of this Cathedral is truly incomprehensible. The fact that it took 200 years to build is indicative of the grandiose scale. This, alone, would make Albi worth a visit, but it’s...  more »
  • Even for people who, like me, do not like churches this one is worth a look. It is truly spectacular, especially from outside with its very particular style. Inside it remains architecturally...  more »
  • This place is amazing, the cathedral is beautiful. The entrance is free but it is a pity that you have to pay a lot if you would like to see the whole church. But the whole city is fantastic as well, we really enjoyed our time in Albi, highly recommended for everyone to visit it who is around this area in France.
  • A wonderful church, impressive building and also the surroundings are lovely, try to visit it in a warm summer evening.
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