If today Albi is a town with as characterful is that it has survived the centuries since the Middle Ages. Spared by history, it has kept its medieval core through a unique architecture. The Red City owes its name to the particular color of its bricks, shaped in clay from the valley of the Tarn.
Albi, episcopal city
What follows is the construction of Berbie Palace, between the Cathedral and the banks of the Tarn. A rich residence reserved for bishops and with gorgeous gardens. Today it houses the famous Toulouse-Lautrec museum. A privileged place that exposes the largest collection of Albigensian painter.
Its symbol, the Sainte-Cécile Cathedral has emerged in the Albigensian landscape in the thirteenth century. This is Bernard de Castanet, bishop of Albi, which will decide its construiction to impose the power of the Catholic Church and overwrite Cathars. After 100 years of construction, a jewel is born: the largest brick building in the world. With its 113 m long and 40m high arches, Sante-Cécile pack all records. Inside is a masterpiece painting mutli-centenary in very good condition concervation. His organ, made in the eighteenth century is the largest organ aesthetic concerved in France.
Palais - Musée
Land of bastides
The bastides, are towns and villages that have emerged in the thirteenth century in the Southwest of France. Typical of their time and region, it came down to us intact. Full of history, the bastides are a corner of paradise in the heart of the Middle Ages. Perched on hills or nestled at the edge of the water, the surroundings of Albi offer these secrets frozen in time.
The Gaillacois, oldest vineyards in France, started to be cultivated by the Gallo-Romans in the first century BC. The diversity of climate and landscape combine to give birth to 7 different wines. Indispensable to the lifestyle of the Southwest, the Gaillac wines accords perfectly with regional specialties. Featuring a world-renowned wine lovers can enjoy this drink directly from the producer.