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Albi Going To This Town Instead of the Slopes

A look at Albi, the town that many consider to have a Italian feel to it and has also been recently listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

 
PRLog - Dec. 21, 2010 - Albi is one of the latest places to be officially recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site as of August 2010.  One of the reasons why it is listed as that is because Albi was built around a cathedral. This is a historic area that spans over 63n hectares.  One thing you will notice about the city is the red bricks and tiles that gives this market town an Italian feel to it  as it has a Tuscan style and also displays a love of art

It has the cathedral that use to be called Saint-Cecile that has been and still is the focal point especially as it towers in the centre of the town.  The Cathedral of the city pre dates a lot of the other building that have come and gone in the city but it in its self has been rebuilt over the years.  The first building that was located here in the fourth century but was destroyed by a fire in 666.  The next one after that was built in 920, when it got its name the Saint Cecilia.  It wasn't until the thirteenth century that it was replaced by the Romanesque marvel you see today.  The Albi Cathedral is one of the largest bricked buildings in the world.  This cathedral was constructed with bricks due to the fact that stone suitable for building could not be found locally.  The interior of the cathedral is something to be marvelled as it is a great contrast to the militate exterior that the cathedral displays.  The Choeur of the cathedral is wrapped by a rood screen that has detailed filigree stone work and a group of statues that were made out of polychrome.  The cathedral organ dates back to the 18th century.  Near the Organ is a fresco of the Last Judgement that has unknown Flemish painters and another reason why people consider that this has an Italian feel is because of the Fresco that can be found on the ceiling is the oldest and largest ensemble of the Italian Renaissance in France

Another attraction part of this city is the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, this a museum that is dedicated to the work of  Toulouse-Lautrec and features over 1000 works, that includes the 31 famous posters.  The building is a former Bishop's palace and was built in the 13th century, it is called the Palais de la Berbie, is located close to the cathedral and the banks of the Tarn.  The building shows the power that the Bishops of Albi had.  The building has been refurbished in 2002.  Visitors of the museum can see the development of the artist from his Juvenilia days to the world that welcomed him to show business, theatre and café concerts.

These are some of the must see attraction of the Midi-Pyrenees region that are always recommended to go to. You can see why it was given the UNESCO World Heritage title as it is a city that has rich history, so next time you are thinking about Midi-Pyrénées vacation rentals don't just think about the slopes think about the city that has been categorised a city that is worth preserving.














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