The quarter of Castelviel, the city's ancient heart
This ancient re-inforced settlement, standing within the shadow of the Cathedral's bell tower, was owned by the Montfort family during the Middle-Ages. The remains of the ramparts can still be seen. The cute, half-timbered, flowery houses embrace the Savène Square. During the summer, many interesting events are held in the Saint-Loup Square, including the "Place aux Artistes" festival. The Castelviel markethall can be found on the other side of the Pont de la République (Republic Bridge), housing the famous Saturday "Flea Market".
Shortly, the Castelvieil district will become the starting point for a footbridge which will cross the Tarn river from one side of the city to the other.
The Castelnau neighbourhood :
"Castelnau" meaning the “new castle”, incorporates both 12th and 13th century architecture. A stroll here offers many interesting gems, such as the narrow streets lined with medieval timbered houses and ancient boutiques. The House of Vieil Alby, a typical medieval dwelling, now incorpartes temporary exhibitions and the history of Albi.
Perhaps you have already visited the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum found inside the Berbie Palace and discovered this painter’s biggest art collection in the world? Toulouse-Lautrec was born in the Hotel du Bosc and the renowned sailor Jean-François Galaup de Lapérouse was also born in Albi. However, one cannot visit their birthplaces.