We truly enjoyed our visit to beautiful Albi last year.
This medieval town, 77 kilometers northeast of Toulouse, is well worth a visit on your trip to southern France.
There are two highlights to the town – the thirteenth century St. Cécile – the largest brick cathedral in the world. This imposing fortress was built to symbolize the strength of the Catholic church after the defeat of the Cathars. See my previous post about the cathedral .
The not-to-be-missed museum is housed in the spectacular thirteenth century Palais de la Berbie, and maintains an impressive collection of Toulouse-Lautrec’s work- See my earlier post.
But the entire town is a gem. The medieval architecture has largely been restored. the 11th century bridge is impressive. It was built in stone in 1035, then covered with bricks. And it’s still standing strong after almost 1000 years.
Albi is a great place to wander and enjoy the medieval atmosphere. We ate well at one of the many restaurants across from the Palais de la Berbie.
We’ll have to get back sometime in the summer, when Albi hosts impressive jazz, theatre, and classical music festivals. But we were pleased to enjoy the town with the thin tourist crowds of December.
Don’t miss out on medieval Albi when your travels take you to beautiful Languedoc.