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Cathédrale Ste-Cécile

Cathédrale Ste-Cécile Review

One of the most unusual and dazzling churches in France, the huge Cathédrale Ste-Cécile, with its intimidating cliff-like walls, resembles a cross between a castle and an ocean liner. It was constructed as a symbol of the Church's return to power after the 13th-century crusade that wiped out the Cathars. The interior is an astonishingly ornate contrast to the massive austerity of the outer walls. Maestro Donnelli and a team of 16th-century Italian artists (most of the Emilian school) covered every possible surface with religious scenes and brightly colored patterns—it remains the largest group of Italian Renaissance paintings in a French church. On the west wall you can find one of the most splendid organs in the world, built in 1734 and outfitted with 3,500 pipes, which loom over a celebrated fresco of the Last Judgment.

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  • Address: Pl. Ste-Cécile, Albi, 81000 | Map It
  • Phone: 05–63–43–23–43
  • Hours: June–Sept., daily 9–6:30; Oct.–May, daily 9–noon and 2–6
  • Location: Albi
Updated: 02-21-2013

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