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Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile

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Address: 5 Boulevard General Sibille, 81000, Albi, France
Phone Number:
+33 5 63 43 23 43
09:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Unique Cathedral

The Ste-Cecile earns its reputation as a unique piece of architecture - a huge brick cathedral. However, the somewhat austere outer appearance belies the magnificence of the... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Katherine D
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Ste-Cecile earns its reputation as a unique piece of architecture - a huge brick cathedral. However, the somewhat austere outer appearance belies the magnificence of the decorations within the sanctuary. Each chapel is decorated with frescoes and stained glass. The choir area houses rows of gorgeous carved wood angels amongst ornate stone decorations. Numerous stone figures from the old... More 

Thank Katherine D
Leeds, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Visited Albi on a wet and blustery Sunday morning. The streets were very quiet but there were a few hardy souls around. The church is magnificent both inside and out and was the highlight of our visit.

Thank DaveC95
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

The greatest brick building in the world, but spiritual nonetheless. St Cecilia has special significance for us both, for quite different reasons. Even the lady asking for charity on the cathedral steps exuded class. There is something quite amazing about this cathedral that sets it apart from more famous places on the tourist ant track. Go and see it and... More 

Thank ProfFelix
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

We visited this amazing and impressive Unesco site and stood in awe of its brilliance. We spent at least 2 hours walking thru its entire interior, including its treasure museum. Albi is about 1.5 hour drive from Toulouse. It is a must see to appreciate how human's determination could rise above all odds. Highly recommend. Wear comfortable shoes for spiral... More 

Thank vdsl90
Rignac, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

The cathedral dominates the countryside for miles around and does the same for the town. Inside it is a riot of colour and imagery although somehow the opposite of the tardis being smaller on the inside and quite annoying that you have to pay if you want to see all of it.

Thank Sarahdon14
Belo Horizonte, MG
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Beautiful cathedral, you should not miss the visit to the choir and the audio-guide. It gives us interesting info on the Cathar culture.

Thank JujuXavier
Brandenburg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Easily one of the most impressive sacral buildings i have visited. It looks like a silo from the outside, and isnt particularly inviting, but once inside, you will be in awe - high ceilings, every little space painted, and not over-run. There are interesting side-chapels dedicated to various saints, all quite differently decorated. You will actually find plenty of space... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This cathedral is set in an ancient area of old Albi. The cathedral itself is wonderful but it is also surrounded by other old buildings and lovely bars and restaurants. There are colourful gardens on many levels overlooking the wide and picturesque river. Next to the cathedral is the Toulouse Lautrec museum.

Thank John H
Vermont, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

This cathedral is the largest brick structure in the Northern Hemisphere and is well worth a visit. I recommend getting the audio tour to fully take it all in

Thank VermontTeacher44
Cognac, France
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Just go it must not be missed it is stunning both inside and out and information is plentiful, guided tours are also available.Cameras are allowed but no flash during services

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