The Cloister Garden

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Just a stone’s throw away from the busy commercial and pedestrian streets, you can find the Saint-Salvi Cloister Garden: a calm, green treasure. The Saint-Salvi Collegiate is the oldest church in Albi. The monastery tower, the Gachole, proudly sits above the roofs of Old Alby, mirroring the Cathedral.

THE CLOISTER GARDEN : A SIMPLE GARDEN

The monks developed a simple garden, that is to say a garden with medicinal plants and herbs. That is still offered to visitors today. It is one of the 5 edible gardens made available by the City. Information panels highlight each plant, when it can be harvested and eaten! 

In 2018: The gardeners created an iron structure which was presented at the "Floralie de Bourg Festival" in Bresse. This contruction testifies the City's commitent to biodiveristy. Contrasting between ancient heritage and modern structure, all the elements were created by the Plant Heritage and Enviroment Depeartement team. This year, Albi gained the 3rd "Dragonfly" prize in the French Capitals of Biodiversity Competition. 

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Cloitre Saint-Salvi-jardin-fleuri-Albi-Tourisme.jpg, par Fabienne

FROM GALLERIES TO SCULPTED CAPITALS

Under the south gallery, the brick walls are interesting to observe as they still bear the fingerprints of the men who made and baked the bricks. The Romanesque arches are twin columns capped with Roman and Gothic capitals, carved with foliage and biblical characters. The canons’ cells, located in the surrounding buildings, have been transformed into apartments.

THE CLOISTER OF THE SAINT-SALVI COLLEGIATE

The cloister of the Saint-Salvi Collegiate is accessible from various points: from Sainte-Cécile street, by going through the Collegiate or via the covered path from the Saint-Salvi square. Within in a few steps, the lively atmosphere of the Episcopal City gives way to a little haven of peace. Surrounded by noisy streets, it really is a calm and secret garden.

Albi le Cloître de la collégiale Saint-Salvi- Albi Tourisme, par Fabienne

Opening hours

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