The Berbie Palace

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Former bishops' palace, the Berbie Palace and the Saint Cecilia’s cathedral form a striking and unique collection of the episcopal city, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010. It is the prestigious jewel of the Toulouse-Lautrec museum, with its international reputation. Built during the 13th century, the Berbie Palace is one of the oldest castles in France, older than the famous Popes Palace in Avignon.

THE BERBIE, AN IMPOSING FORTRESS

The palace of the bishops of Albi or Berbie Palace (an Occitan word meaning bishop) was built on a naturally fortified site, overlooking the Tarn. Its military architecture affirms the power of the bishops against the consuls of the city. Over the centuries, the bishops transformed it into a leisure residence. Classified as a historic monument in 1862, it is one of the best preserved episcopal palaces in France. In the main courtyard, flanked by two towers, we now arrive at the entrance of the Toulouse-Lautrec museum. A visit to the palace is closely linked to the discovery of the Toulouse-Lautrec museum: vaulted medieval rooms, pavements from the Middle-Age, painted ceilings, chapel, gardens, renaissance gallery, large salons ... all of these in one building. 

We recommend at least 2hrs to appreciate the indissociable combination: the palace and the museum. 

Bisbia Vielha - Palais de la Berbie d'Albi - Film 3D - Albi Tourisme, par Fabienne

THE REMARKABLE PALACE GARDENS

The Palace gardens are one of the favourite discovery points for visitors and Albi residents. The old arms store, now transformed into a classical garden, must be visited. The gardener ensures, in particular, the flowers blooming and the size of the arabesques of boxwood. From the old rampart walk, which is now a walkway, you can admire a panoramic view of the banks of the Tarn, the pontoon for the scows, the Madeleine district and beyond, on the surrounding hills, you can see the Notre Dame de la Drèche church. Turning round, you will appreciate the breathtaking view of the massive Saint Cecilia Cathedral.

Albi les jardins du Palais de la Berbie - Albi Tourisme, par Fabienne

 

Opening hours

  • Free entry
  • Every day from 8:00am - 7:00pm

 

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