or the area around the Covered Market. The Saint-Julien district is a few steps from the cathedral square. It could be defined as a gourmet and friendly neighborhood where it is good to meet friends, eat in a restaurant, have a drink, shop.
During your visit to the city, you should not miss a stop at the Fashion Museum. Dominique Miraille presents her couture collections, skilfully chosen and themed, in a former convent. A little further on is the oldest house in Albi, the 1902th century Romanesque house, between rue des Foissants and rue Saint-Julien to the north, saved from the pickaxe of the demolishers in XNUMX. All this old quarter was razed for the realization of the covered market.
Starting from the cathedral square where the Tourist Office is also located, it is by rue Saint-Julien that you reach the hall of the Covered Market. Raise your head to observe beautiful half-timbered facades, appreciate the architecture of the Market Hall following the style of the Pavillon Baltard.
A triangular hall designed by André Michelin
The plan adopted is a triangular hall of the “Baltard pavilion” type associating the metal uprights with brick walls and shutters intended to be mounted like a gigantic construction game. Place of exchanges and animations par excellence, the covered market offers a rare harmony of forms perfectly adapted to its function.
a little history : In 1901, the municipal council of Albi approved the launch of a competition for the construction of a covered market. In 1902, the agreement is given to the project of Thierry Bourdois, architect in Poissy, assisted by a designer of metal frames who will become world famous: Andrew Michelin.
Gastronomy, local products are part of theAlbigensian way of life. Greengrocers, canneries, cheese makers, bakers, delicatessen, roasters, caterers… welcome you every day under the hall, Tuesday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 14 p.m. Underground parking (paying) is provided under the market
Discover around the market
The fashion museum
During your visit to the Saint-Julien district, you should not miss an essential step in fashion museum. Dominique Miraille presents her cleverly chosen and themed couture collections in a former convent, the Annonciades convent.