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21° C
78 m
1282

The World's Largest Brick Cathedral

 

In 1282, Bishop Bernard de Castenet initiated the construction of this cathedral to establish it as a stronghold of Catholicism against the Cathar heresy. This gave the Sainte Cécile cathedral a fortress-like look, softened by its pink brick construction. An unparalleled example of original Gothic architecture, it took two centuries to complete this architectural marvel.

Model Maker's Anecdote

 

Miniature Sainte-Cécile Cathedral of Albi

At France Miniature, the model of Sainte-Cécile d'Albi stands as the most impressive religious building in the park. Monumental in scale, it is crafted from plastic materials and painted to mimic the cathedral's iconic red brick.

Cathedrale Sainte cecile d'albi
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The Southwest

Set off the Basque Country, the Landes forest, and majestic fortresses. Experience the distinctive architecture of the southwest, from castles and religious sites to enchanting villages. Travel from Albi to Toulouse, visit Lourdes, or explore the renowned village of Saint Emilion - immerse yourself in the expanse of France's largest region.

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