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“Maybe harsh but it was as expected rather than "more"”

Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Albi
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Saint Cecilia's Cathedral dominates Albi and is the main reason for its heritage status with the UN - that and the cobbled streets, the palace of the bishops and the pretty river with a bridge over it in constant use for nearly 1,000 years. The Cathedral is huge, fortified, impressive but one cannot climb the tower, it presents itself inside like almost any other big church in the region and it captured the imagination only as expected rather than with an interesting "extra". Pop round it by all means but save your main time allocation in Albi for the Toulouse Lautrec museum next door to the cathedral which is worth an hour or two not only for the art but also due to the building which houses it.

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Quite simply a cathedral of superlatives. Although it may not be the biggest brick building in Europe, it is certainly the most wonderful! Astounding conception, the largest Italian renaissance frescoes outside of Italy, the biggest organ, the largest choir screen, a terrifying painting of the last judgment, you will not forget your visit.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Very sober at the exterior, the Sainte Cecile cathedral in Albi looks like a castle more than a acathedral. But once you enter the huge building, you get amazed by the refined sculptures and impressive columns. Don't miss Albi if you visit the Pyrenees region.

Thank Clawback
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

The cathedral sits in the heart of the town square, surrounded by a lovely collection of cafes, shops and the castle which also houses the Toulouse Lautrec museum.
The cathedral is just a beautiful architecturally visual brick structure from the outside, full of brilliant colours,detailed stonework and ornateness on the inside, yet not like so many of the cathedrals that one visits. Whilst there was restoration works happening during our visit, it was still an very enjoyable experience and the cathedral location within the old town is just an added bonus. Sit and enjoy a coffee at a town square café as we did, and you can continue to enjoy a great view of the cathedral!

Thank Tigers2005
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Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

During our travels in France we did a day trip into Albi and this cathedral is an absolute must see.
We did not experience any lines or significant crowds as we did in other cities.
The cathedral itself is magnificent from the outside and the details and brilliant colours inside can not be described, they must be experienced.
Absolutely worth the time to go and see. A definite highlight of our trip!

Thank Jaye L
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