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Albi

ville Médiavalle

You cannot skip this beautiful city entirely built of red brick. This largely authentic medieval town has been included in 2010 in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Albi is beautifully situated on the wide river Tarn. Very old masonry arch bridges connect the city with its surroundings. It has a pleasant shopping center, with narrow streets, quaint shops, terraces and restaurants everywhere.

Main attractions:

1. The great cathedral Sainte Cécile, also built entirely of red brick. When you walk outside it seems like a fortress. The church was built in the 13th and enlarged and remodeled until the 16th century. The church was built purposely as a fortress, for it were troubled times with several popes who fought each other. A second "pope" had its fortress built in Avignon, and if there were more.

The interior of the cathedral is richly decorated, very impressive. Huge murals left and right of the altar depict the day of the last judgment with impressive pictures about heaven and hell. The best part is the choir, a completely enclosed room in the church (€ 1.00 entrance fee to pay). Hopefully the restoration will be completed, the choir was not accessible in 2015.

2. Next to the cathedral is the former beautifully restored episcopal palace, in where the museum Toulouse Lautrec is located. A wonderful museum where the largest part of the painter Toulouse Lautrec’s work is to be admired. At the beginning of the exhibition the drawings from his childhood at the age of 10: many horses and extremely clever. See our description of Chateau LE BOSC in Camjac.

About the painter, the following:

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is the poster designer, painter and chronicler of his time, the "Belle Epoque". He is also the decadent aristocrat who delights to make images of the filth, political disorder, hypocrisy and loneliness of his time. He outlines the outcasts of his society, in their most intimate moments. He is also the broken man, which itself is part of the black night of Paris. The artist above all, who looks and displays, without moralizing, without being pretentious commentary.

In the nocturnal life of this city of Toulouse-Lautrec finds the freedom to paint what excites him, life itself, the people who interest him in an environment he knows. He paints in environments who only flourish in artificial light. This is in complete contrast to the then prevailing principles of Impressionism where the effects of the light were to be found in the landscape. At that time his work is unusual and bold and vilification considerable.

Distance : Distance off Clapas 53 km
Travel Time 40 min.

Address:
centre ville
ALBI
FRANCE