View of Albi featuring the bridge of 22nd of August 1944 on the left, Sainte-Cécile cathedral and the Pont Vieux (old bridge) on the right.
Situated in the Midi-Pyrénées region, along the river Tarn, the city of Albi conceals an Episcopal City home to Sainte-Cécile cathedral, the biggest brick cathedral in the world, and the fortified Berbie Palace. With the red brick, the banks of the Tarn, the relaxed rhythm of life in the South West, the distant memory of the Cathars, or even that of the famous painter Toulouse-Lautrec. Albi is a magnificent city! Its Episcopal City is home to the Sainte-Cécile cathedral, the gem of the city, the Berbie Palace containing the Toulouse-Lautrec museum, the Saint-Salvi church and its cloister, the Pont Vieux (Old Bridge) and a section of the banks of the Tarn. The Episcopal City of Albi has been listed Unesco World Heritage since 2010.
Delightful small town in the Southwest of France. There are lots of shops and nice places to eat in the area.
A one-way fare to Albi on SNCF regional trains from Toulouse Matabiau costs 13€ on the TER service. Takes about 1h10mn to arrive. There are also trains to Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, and Paris.
You can explore the town on foot; quite small.
Albi Cathedralformally the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Cecilia (French: Basilique Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d'Albi), is the most important religious building in Albi, southern France, and the seat of the Archbishop of Albi (in full, Albi-Castres-Lavaur). First built as a fortress begun in 1287 and under construction for 200 years, it is claimed to be the largest brick building in the world. In 2010 the cathedral was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Musée Toulouse-Lautrec Great collection of masterpieces from the artist along with several exhibits dedicated to his eclectic life.
The Berbie Palace The Berbie Palace, where the bishops of Albi resided, was built during the 13th century - before the construction of the Popes' Palace in Avignon. It is one of the oldest fortified palaces in France and one of the best preserved. Now providing an exceptional home for the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, it is one of the key attractions of the episcopal City and is much appreciated for its beautiful formal gardens and its wonderful view overlooking the Tarn River.