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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Albi, a treasure in southern France

Albi is a commune in southern France who had its episcopal city included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2010.
The episcopal city is basically the city center with the Cathedral and a maze of narrow and traffic-free streets.

Among the sights of the city are:
The Cathedral, built in the 13th century, has massive walls that were common in those troubled years of war and conflict.  The austere and defensive architecture of the exterior is in contrast with the lavish interior decoration.

The Saint-Cecile cathedral in Albi
The Saint-Cecile cathedral in Albi

Palais de la Berbie, once the house of the bishop, now a museum dedicated to Toulouse-Lautrec, the famous French artist born in Albi.

Palais de la Berbie in Albi, France
Palais de la Berbie in Albi, France

The Old Bridge built in 1035 over the Tarn River is still in use today.

The Old Bridge in Albi, France
The Old Bridge in Albi, France

The remains of the Saint Salvi cloister, the oldest church in town, a peaceful location where students go out to chat and study today.

Saint Salvi
Saint Salvi