Saint Salvi Collegiate and Cloister

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The collegiate Church of Saint Salvi, named after the 1st bishop of the city of Albi in the 6th century, has stood proudly at the corner of Sainte-Cécile square since the 11th century. This monument is one of the largest Romanesque churches in Albi. A visit to this monument completes a historic tour of Vieil Alby. Feel your curiosity increasing as you climb the stairs, the cloister is there, nestled in the heart of the old city.

The Collegiate

During the 11th century, the foundations of a white stone church were added to the presumed burial site of Saint Salvi. Note how the mixture of stone and brick coincides with the change of materials in the 13th century. Looking at the building, it is possible to see the various architectural phases and the switch from Roman to Gothic. Inside the church, 6 large paintings, donated by the Consuls of Albi in 1725, relate the life of Saint Salvi and the history of the city. At the far end of the church, under the Moucherel Organ, a set of human-sized sculptures “Christ with links” are full of surprising details and colours. 

The Cloister and garden

This Cloister, built in 1270, is a small haven of peace offering an invitation to tranquillity and observation... the doors we can see under the arcades led directly to the canons’ cells, which are now apartments. The remaining cloister wing and the Romanesque arches are linked to the Gothic capitals which are carved withcharacters, animals or vegetation. In the centre of the cloister, a simple garden is arranged where aromatic and medicinal herbs are cultivated. It is one of the five vegetable gardens created by the City of Albi where vegetables, condiments and herbs are made available to passers-by: a pooled plant and edible heritage.

Look at the bricks of the walls under the arches: some still bear the fingerprints of the brick-makers who turned the bricks tp dry before baking.

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

Opening times

The Collegiate and Cloister are open every day.

The Collegiate: 

  • Monday - Friday: 7:45am - midday (The mass is at 8:00am).

  • Saturday: 2:00pm - 5:30pm (The mass is at 4:30pm).

  • Sunday: 8:30am - midday (The mass is at 9:00am).

The Cloister:

  • Everyday: 7:00am - 8:00pm.