4.5 based on 3 reviews
Overwhelming. The largest brick building in the world. Even more so as there are no trees around, just sheer color flaming upwards. Tubes. Fleshy. Almost organic. Bishops needed that to ascertain their power. For years I was dreaming to discover, once in my life, the famous Last Judgement inside. Dating back from the XVth c. requesting a crowd of Italian painters contemporary to those who completed the Sixtine Chapel in Rome. On the right of Christ the elect, on the left the damned, all with almond-shaped protruding bellies, all wearing the book of good and bad actions around their necks. Tortures linked to the 7 capital sins : pride, envy, anger, (deleted sloth), avarice, greed (oh, such lizards and devils !), lust. Such delicacy, too, in the rendering, with ground colors fixed with egg yolk and glu. Such delicacy in everything, to the stone lace, lace indeed : Richelieu had to draw out his pocket knife to check whether it was stone or stucco...
4.5 based on 492 reviews
Along with our tour group, we stopped to see Les Jardins de la Berbie from above, looking down on them. They're formal Gardens, with splendid shapes formed by the hedges. My wife called the Gardens "amazing," and I would have to agree. Amazingly photogenic, for sure.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
This small museum housed in a renovated mediaeval building just behind the Cathedral is a superb tribute to one of Albi's most famous sons, Toulouse Lautrec. It probably contains the best selection anywhere of this interesting artist's work and is well worth visiting.
4.5 based on 121 reviews
The mine museum of the Tarn. The last testimony on site of the coal mines in the Tarn, the mine museum brings social and technical information on the seven centuries of the coal industry. The head frame and the cage going down make you discover 350 meters of reconstructed galleries where machines and tools are shown in situation to understand better the work of the miner and his living conditions. The permanent exhibition reminds us of the social, economic history which has formed the identity of this area which is deeply impressed by the figure of Jean Jaurès. Temporary Exhibitions value the environmental and industrial heritage.
4.5 based on 402 reviews
No visit to Albi could be complete without walking across this bridge a different times of the day as the light changes. The views are worth the walk. We've done it on 3 visits over the years.
4.5 based on 594 reviews
We stumbled across this whilst mooching around Albi and really liked it. It was very quiet and calm and a source of much-needed shade. We sat under the arches and admired the Gardens and could easily imagine it in times gone by.
4.5 based on 134 reviews
Loved walking through this collection of designs from the early 1800's up to the 1960's. The theme was flowers. I was particularly interested in the stitching and designs of the pieces. They were displayed so well along with shoes, hairclips, handbags.
4.5 based on 317 reviews
4.5 based on 107 reviews
The former owners of this fine town house (now closed, alas) were tree collectors, and the number of different trees they planted and which are now vast is phenomenal. It gives us a small shady park with constant surprises, from vast cedars to clumps of tall springy bamboos and chattering ducks. Always a pleasure to spend time in with a book!
4 based on 127 reviews
Slightly out of the way but worth a visit. English history concentrates on Cook and his travels but other nationalities were busy exploring. Here is a chance to find other explorers.
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