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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Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile reviews
I have visited quite a few cathedrals and this is up there with some of the best. The exterior is unlike most cathedrals and it is awe-inspiring size-wise, It dominates the city. The interior is...
I have visited quite a few cathedrals and this is up there with some of the best. The exterior is unlike most cathedrals and it is awe-inspiring size-wise, It dominates the city. The interior is... more »
Amazingly complex decoration, with a stunning mix of geometric and figurative design. Well worth the 5 euros for audio guide and entry to the choir area.
Amazingly complex decoration, with a stunning mix of geometric and figurative design. Well worth the 5 euros for audio guide and entry to the choir area. more »
This lovely Cathedral with its superb architecture would be a destination in itself if the quaint town wouldn't keep the wondering visitor walking around its lovely streets. The food is also nice. A bit expensive for a little town off the beaten path.
I think it's the largest brick built cathedral in Europe, or possibly the world. A truly imposing moment, both inside and out. Well worth a visit.
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