Voûtes de la cathédrale Sainte-Cécile

 THE SAINTE-CECILE CATHEDRAL OF ALBI


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The most imposing building in Albi, the Sainte-Cecile Cathedral is unique. Its bell tower (78m) dominates the city and the surrounding region like a medieval watchtower. The cathedral is the world's largest brick-built cathedral and with the Berbie Palace, these two monuments represent unique examples of brick-built architecture.

A unique world-famous monument built in brick

The construction of Albi’s cathedral began in the 13th century and took two hundred years to complete. It is the biggest brick cathedral in the world: 113 metres long and 35 metres wide. Visitors are often surprised by its monumental size and frequently compare it to a castle.  A masterpiece of the Southern Gothic style, the Saint-Cécile Cathedral is a testament to the power of the Roman Catholic church following the successful suppression of the Cathar heretics. With its extraordinary interior covered in frescoes and decoratively painted chapels, the cathedral houses some exceptional examples of religious art.

The most important pieces are:
The Last Judgment covering an entire wall, this fresco representing Heaven, Perdition, and Hell, was painted with garish realism
The Rood Screen a rare rood-screen sculpted in soft limestone with over 270 statues made by the “Bourguignons de Cluny” stonemasons.
The Nave painted between 1509 and 1512, it has a splendid azure-coloured ceiling and thirty chapels from the Renaissance.
The Great Organ designed by the organ-maker Christophe Moucherel, it is one of the most beautiful in France. Free concerts are given on Wednesdays.

Reformation in the chancel

The cathedral saint-Cécile is the unic one in France to have preserved her rood screen with an important part of its statuary.
Works of restoration works of the original chancel in the part of stalls started on March 201.

The parochial team and the Tourist office anticipated and realized a video which permit a virtual visit of this architectural masterpiece of the end of the XVth century. Throughout this renovation, visits dedicated specifically to the chancel, its architecture, its statuary, its paintings will be organized.


The first cathedral...

More information

5, boulevard Sibille, 81000 ALBI
Tel: 33(0)5 63 43 23 43 - Mail
disabled access Disabled access: rue de la Temporalité

- Opening hour to the cathedral : (from 1er of november to 30th of April)
From monday to saturday: 9am/1.15pm - 2pm/6.30pm
On Sundays : 9.30am/10.45am - 2pm/17.45pm

- Visit of the Chancel and the treasure : not accessible during the religious ceremonies and concerts
From monday to saturday: 9.30am/1.05pm (entrance until 1.30pm) - 2pm/6pm (entrance until 5.45pm)
On Sundays : 9.30am/10.45am (entrance until 10.30am) - 2pm/17.45pm (entrance until 5.30pm)

Audio-guides available in French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, japonese and Dutch
From monday to saturday: 9h30/12h50 et 14h/17h30
on Sundays:  14h/17h15

Messes
On Sundays : 11am and 6pm
From Thursday to Saturday : 9am
From monday to friday : 6.30pm

Tariff :
- Free: -12 years old,
- Chancel : €2,
- Chancel and Treasure : €3

Don't forget Albi City Pass - chancel included  

Follow the virtual visit.
Discover the Sainte-Cecile Cathedral
The sacred art of the cathedral

Commentaires (1)

Note moyenne :
  • Wow ! What a size !
    (22/04/2014)
    Note :
    The largest brick cathedral in the world is well worth a visit, even a detour. The interior is quite unexpected after the austere exterior and the audioguide particularly good.
    Martin Satring


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