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Albi

Albi

Альби
Альби

Albi it is picturesque little town in the South of France. The majority of houses in the town are built with a red brick, which gives it an amazing look, especially during sunset. The walk through the ancient quarters and medieval streets, passing the beautiful villas and mansions of the Renaissance will open for You a lot. Albi has an interesting and at the same time sad story. Approximately in the XII century was originated the religious teaching of Catharism, known as “Albigensian”, the adherents of the Catholic Church were attributed to the heretics. And in order to destroy heresy in 1208 was made the Albigensian crusade, in which were killed and burned at the stake more than a million people. The famous Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile was built as a symbol of victory of the Catholic Church over the heresy. The huge and majestic Cathedral is towering over the city and the river, it was built in more than two hundred years and today is a masterpiece of the Gothic style and one of the largest brick Gothic buildings in the world. The other monument of Albi is the Old Pontoon bridge that passes over the river Tarn, it was built in the XI century, which is still in operation. It has a wonderful view on the city. Also, the place of interest is the former Palace of the bishops – Palace Berben, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens and walkways. Now it has inside the Museum of Toulouse-Lautrec, who is a famous French artist. The collection of works includes over a thousand paintings, posters, drawings and lithographs, and also contains the artist’s personal things.