Travel Theme: Interior of Albi Cathedral, France

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlbi 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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

17 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Interior of Albi Cathedral, France”

  1. It’s one of my allergies too, Francesca! But the art and architecture that religion has produced are spectacular. One look at those frescos and you would obey!!


  2. Like you I am not religious. But 2 of my favourite things are stained glass windows and church graveyards. We were in Albi last year and visited this Cathedral. The detail is truly spectacular. I’m not sure if it’s the largest brick building in the world. We were told it was the highest all-brick Cathedral in Europe.


  3. LOL! I am allergic to religion too and also really enjoy visiting churches, temples etc. The art and architecture together is so stunning. Big cathedrals are so hard to photograph, so well done with the photos!


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