Petit Futé's opinion on CATHÉDRALE SAINTE-CÉCILE
This imposing brick vessel is a masterpiece of southern Gothic heritage. Built between 1282 and 1480 to signify the return of papal power to Cathar land, it remains the largest brick cathedral in the world. Its overwhelming pink brick silhouette and its immense 78-metre high bell tower as a watchtower over the region, in the heart of old Albi, is often compared to a castle. When it was built, it was part of the city's defensive system (including the Berbie Palace) and could accommodate 6,000 Albigensians in case of danger. From the Middle Ages, it has been able to preserve the fresco of the Last Judgment (which originally covered more than 200m2), where Heaven, Earth and Hell are staged. The frescoes of the vault form the largest and oldest ensemble in France (97 m long and 28 m wide). It remains the only cathedral in Europe whose walls and vaults are entirely painted over an area of nearly 18,500m2. The rood screen, in the flamboyant Gothic style, is decorated with magnificent polychrome statuary, a unique example of 15th-century French sculpture. The treasure room, housed in a former 13th century vault, displays a collection of sacred art objects from the 14th to the 19th century, and religious objects. Finally, Saint Cecilia, patron saint of music, would not have a sanctuary without a monumental organ! This one dates from the 18th century and perhaps you will have the chance to hear a recital during your visit.
Information on CATHÉDRALE SAINTE-CÉCILE
Open every day from 9am to 6.30pm. Visits of the choir and the treasure: Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 6pm, and Sunday from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Free for under 12-year-olds. Visit of the choir: €5; ticket combined choir and room of the treasure: €6. Accessible to the disabled guests by rue de la Temporalité.
Services offered by CATHÉDRALE SAINTE-CÉCILE
Accessible aux fauteuils roulants
Accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite
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