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