Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d’Albi

Left to my own devices on my second day in Albi, my adopted hometown in southern France, I took to its rosy streets, down rue Timbal to rue Mariés.  At its base, in Albi’s old town, sits Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d’Albi, the huge (really huge) brick cathedral, which was recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It stands tall over the city, but narrow streets make it tough to see until you’re right in front of it.  Or maybe I was too distracted by so much of Albi’s lovely architecture and natural beauty that I didn’t I notice until Sainte-Cécile and I were face-to-face.

A path behind Sainte-Cécile follows along the Tarn and offers some wonderful views of the city.  I spent two hours on its banks, taking photos, taking a brief nap, taking un verre…And though I cringe to say it, c’est la vie!


8 thoughts on “Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d’Albi

  1. Reblogged this on ft. // la vie éclectique and commented:
    This is the 13th of a 51 series of posts on my reblog or linkback project. I am featuring la nomade moderne today because Sarah’s latest post on Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile d’Albi is absolutely beautiful and because next week is Bastille Day, I hope she will post something…haha. just kidding. No pressure. 🙂

  2. […] The Cathedral is in no way Albi’s only attraction.  While I’m one to unabashedly insist that every corner and alley requires careful study and deserves thorough appreciation, you really need only to go around to the backside of Sainte-Cécile (for a fleeting moment, Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” played in my head – what brain, what??) to see another of the city’s best sites.  The garden just behind the church is exquisite – tasteful topiaries, statues with the perfect amount of moss growing on them, and fantastic views overlooking the Tarn.  And with the weather well into the 30s, I was thankful for the shade and happily passed a large part of the afternoon admiring the other side of Cécile. […]

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