Take several million red bricks, entrust them to talented builders and let their works patiently infuse. A few centuries later, take a break in Albi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to admire the purple hues of Sainte-Cécile Cathedral and stroll through the gardens of the Berbie Palace. The omnipresent red brick of Albi sets the tone. Delicate pink in the morning, strong orange in the hot summer sun or madder red in the evening. Bricks offer a palette as lively as the city’s history.
113 m long and 35 m wide with a 78 m high bell tower
How many bricks are there?
Saint Cécile Cathedral is the largest brick cathedral in the world. Majestic and imposing, it is visible from everywhere when you arrive in Albi.
It is also the largest painted cathedral in Europe. Inside, the painted ceilings are sumptuous. Beware of a stiff neck!
Take a stroll through the Choir of the Canons, a kind of church within a church and white stone resembling real lace. The great organ, the Last Judgement and the treasure room are also monuments in their own right in the cathedral.
All around the great Saint Cécile, the atmosphere of the city can be discovered at the bend of an old narrow street, on a sunny café terrace or during a lunch break on the banks of the Tarn. The houses and residents are a source of new meetings and discussions.