27 May 2018

Albi, Episcopal City, France (UNESCO)



The Episcopal City of Albi is located in the south of France. In 2010 the city around the cathedral Sainte-Cécile was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The cathedral is a masterpiece of the Southern Gothic style and considered as the largest brick cathedral in the world. The Palais de la Berbie, now accomodating the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum,  was completed in the late 13th century, which makes it even older than the Palais des Papes in Avignon. The Old Bridge, as seen on the card, is still the one that was originally built in 1035 when Albi expanded to the oposite side of the river Tarn. It spans 151 meters and rests on 8 impressive arches. Later it was clad in brick and reinforced.
The city's most famous son is Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The French painter and illustrator was born in Albi in 1864.
Thank you Axel van Looy for this fantastic postcard !!!!

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