The Episcopal City of Albi is located on the banks of River Tarn in the Southwest region of France. It is an outstanding example of a city with both medieval and urban architectural ensemble. Its buildings can be categorized as follows:
10th – 11th Centuries – This period is represented by Pont Vieux bridge, the Saint Salvi Quarter and the ancient Church.
13th Century – This period is well represented by the French Gothic fortified Saint Cecil Cathedral. The cathedral also symbolizes the power that the Roman Clergy had in those days. Also from the same period next to the cathedral is the historic Palais de la Berbie, the official residence of the bishop that administered services in the Cathedral.
Middle Ages – This period is well represented by the residential quarters of the people of the city of Albi. For the beautiful ancient architectural marvels, the city was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2010 and given a buffer zone of 64 hectares.
The city of Albi was built around the cathedral and along with the Montauban and Toulouse; it is one of the main cities that were built in Languedoc (red brick). Additional attractions in the town that you will find worth visiting include the Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the Burgundian workshops of Cluny that host over 200 statues.
Albi is characterized with oceanic climate although the city tends to have warmer summers and milder winters in comparison with other areas with similar weather classification. The city is best visited from April to October when the summer sun shines. Remember that you will be doing a lot of outdoors exploration.
To get around the city of Albi, you can use the A68 highway that connects Albi to Toulouse or N88 that connects the city to Lyon. You can also use the train by boarding the station at Gare di Albi Ville or Gare di Albi Madeleine.
The City of Albi is a twin city to Girona in Spain, Palo Alto in US, Abomey in Benin and Randwick City council in Australia. The city is idyllic and serene enough for a weekend getaway with the family.
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