Albi Cathedral, formerly the Basilique Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d’Albi, is a monumental brick church in Albi, Southern France. First built as a fortress in 1287 and under construction for 200 years, it is claimed to be the largest brick building in the world. In 2010 the cathedral was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The interior of this church is most striking. Unlike the foreboding exterior, the inside is fantastic (literally), with Renaissance painted frescoes on the ceiling, Southern Gothic sculpture, filigree stone work, and the scariest of all, the Flemish painted fresco of the ‘Last Judgment’, enough to convert any happy, illiterate pagan.
Although I am allergic to religion, I do enjoy visiting the interiors of churches and temples around the world and thank Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack for the chance to revisit this one.