Campsite near Albi, the capital of the Tarn region
Located 40 km from camping in Aveyron, Albi is a must for your discovery of the Tarn in the south west of Aveyron. Discover the Episcopal city, the Sainte-Cécile cathedral and its incredible frescoes, the Palais de la Berbie and its gardens, two jewels of southern gothic art classified in the World heritage of Unesco which attract each year nearly a million visitors.
The historical center of Albi
In the 13th century, Albi becomes a powerful episcopal city after the Albigensian crusade against the Cathars. From this time, it has preserved a rich historical and architectural heritage classified by UNESCO in 2010.
Go first to the cathedral of Sainte-Cécile d’Albi, a gigantic red brick fortified church with a 78 m high bell tower. Its nickname of “red city”, Albi owes it precisely to the color of the terracotta brick, omnipresent in the local architecture.
Let your footsteps guide you through the narrow streets of the old town lined with old half-timbered houses and sumptuous mansions of Renaissance style such as the Maison du Vieil Alby, the Enjalbert house or the Hôtel Reynès.
Of course, the visit would not be complete without a visit to the Pont-vieux, one of the oldest bridges in France built around 1040, the collegiate church and the cloister of Saint-Salvi or a trip on a gabarre on the Tarn to discover Albi from another angle.
The Cathedral of Saint Cecilia of Albi
Built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Tarn, the Cathedral Sainte-Cécile d’Albi is a pure jewel of Southern Gothic art inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2010. It is also the highest brick cathedral in the world !
Inside are vast sets of Renaissance paintings, late medieval sculptures and a magnificent polychrome statuary carved. The visitor remains speechless in front of the beauty of the frescoes of the vault, the masterpiece of which is the immense painting of the Last Judgement, a major masterpiece of monumental painting, carried out in tempera by Flemish artists at the end of the 15th century.
The Berbie Palace
Next to the Saint-Cécile cathedral, discover the Palais de la Berbie, a 13th century episcopal fortress flanked by powerful walls and imposing dungeons.
The old palace of the bishops’ palace is now home to the Toulouse-Lautrec museum, which pays tribute to the most famous Albigensian painter.
Surrounded by ramparts, the gardens of the Palace offer magnificent panoramas on the Tarn, the old medieval bridge and on Little Spain, the Albi district just across the river.
The Toulouse-Lautrec Museum
Located on the banks of the Tarn river, the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum is a major museum dedicated to the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the child of the country.
On two floors, the museum owns the the largest collection in the world of the artist’s works: early paintings, major portraits, lithographs, posters, drawings…
A must for art lovers and all the curious ! A must-see for campers and art lovers !