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Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile

5 boulevard General Sibille, 81000, Albi, France
+33 5 63 43 23 43
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5 boulevard General Sibille, 81000, Albi, France
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We saw many churches of various sizes and decorations on our latest trip to France, but this one was undoubtedly the best of all. My wife wrote, "It is fantastic--decorated everywhere with paintings (frescoes). It's divided into two parts, with a carved screen in between....More

Thank psychprofessor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Used to be the largest brick building in the world building started in 1282 and completed in 1480. And this building was a fortress and now biggest Catholic Church in Albi, South France. Easy drive from Toulouse. Entry is free.

Thank Rambo380
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although I like better the cathedrals and churches with their traditional sculpted walls, this one was so different for me that I liked it too, specially the combination at the entrance, which includes sculptures and bricks. Inside, it is amazingly big, and the paintings are...More

Thank Just_the_Wanderer
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The decor in this cathedral, was OTT, but beautiful especially the walls and roof. It is well worth a visit.

Thank michael c
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Overwhelming. The largest brick building in the world. Even more so as there are no trees around, just sheer color flaming upwards. Tubes. Fleshy. Almost organic. Bishops needed that to ascertain their power. For years I was dreaming to discover, once in my life, the...More

Thank corinne292
Reviewed 4 December 2017

One of a kind church. A must see! I don't see the point in adding any more comments (apart from the fact that the site says it's mandatory), go there and visit it!

Thank apalfalvi
Reviewed 28 November 2017

I never cease to be amazed by the sheer size of this enormous church. It's almost as though, many years ago someone said "Lets build the biggest and tallest cathedral we can" Both inside and out this is a must visit attraction

Thank OrlanB
Reviewed 27 November 2017

Amazing brick-built cathedral, was the largest brick building in Europe, and still ranks high. The inside is all painted, and it's stunning. Go to an organ concert if you can.

Thank CazFrance
Reviewed 12 November 2017

This is I believe the largest, brick-built cathedral in Europe and it is truly spectacular. The imposing exterior hides a sumptuous, frescoed interior and takes your breath away as you enter. We were fortunate enough to visit when a service was taking place and we...More

Thank Thomas D
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Albi, of course, is heralded today as the birthplace of the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - and it is - but for me the heart of this ancient town is this extraordinary cathedral, named for Saint Cecilia. The frescos and design in the interior is...More

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Jan P
18 September 2015|
Response from Jean-Jacques K | Reviewed this property |
Dear Jan I did a calculation back of envelope last year and I arrived at 35-40 millions of bricks. It is a good idea for a chat at the end of a good meal. Cheers Jean-Jacques from Rabastens (Tarn)
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