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The Berbie Palace, where the bishops of Albi resided, was built during the 13th century - before the construction of the Popes' Palace in Avignon. It is one of the oldest fortified palaces in France and one of the best preserved. Now providing an exceptional home for the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, it is one of the key attractions of the episcopal City and is much appreciated for its beautiful formal gardens and its wonderful view overlooking the Tarn River.

An imposing Episcopal Palace

The Berbie Palace with its imposing fortified walls is a testament to the power of the bishops who built it. Constructed in the years that followed the conflict between the Cathars and the Catholic Church, it’s defensive walls reflect its military purpose. The origins of the palace were centred round the Saint-Michel tower. The defensive aspect was later strengthened by additional fortifications and the construction of a new tower, the “Tour Mage” (over 50 metres high with four turrets).

Later, successive bishops of Albi transformed what was once a fortress into a more agreeable palace with beautiful salons and formal French style gardens. 
To appreciate the palace's architecture you can do so by visiting the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum. The visit allows you to see the art collections of the Toulouse-Lautrec museum, and the ancient medieval rooms and medieval tiled floors of the Berbie Palace. During the recent restoration works on the Toulouse-Lautrec museum and the Berbie Palace, a magnificent tiled floor from the 13th century was discovered covering 130m².

Remarquable gardens...

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The Berbie Palace, Place Sainte-Cécile, 81000 Albi
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