Facts and Data
Unesco World heritage since: 2010
Size of heritage: 19 ha
- Buffer zone: 64 ha
On the banks of the Tarn river in south-west France, the old city of Albi reflects the culmination of a medieval architectural and urban ensemble. Today the Old Bridge (Pont-Vieux), the Saint-Salvi quarter and its church are testimony to its initial development (10th -11th centuries). Following the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathar heretics (13th century) it became a powerful episcopal city. Built in a unique southern French Gothic style from local brick in characteristic red and orange colours, the lofty fortified Cathedral (late 13th century) dominates the city, demonstrating the power regained by the Roman Catholic clergy. Alongside the Cathedral is the vast bishop’s Palais de la Berbie, overlooking the river and surrounded by residential quarters that date back to the Middle Ages. The Episcopal City of Albi forms a coherent and homogeneous ensemble of monuments and quarters that has remained largely unchanged over the centuries.
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Hotels and places to stay
Hôtel Mercure Albi Bastides
Hostellerie Saint Antoine
Hôtel du Vigan
ibis Styles Albi Centre Le Theatro
Lapérouse des Cordeliers
Hotel Le Terminus d'Albi
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Medium airport - 2 mi (3 km) Castres-Mazamet Airport
Medium airport - 27 mi (44 km) Rodez-Marcillac Airport
Medium airport - 37 mi (60 km) Montauban Airport
Medium airport - 39 mi (63 km) Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
Large airport - 44 mi (71 km) Cahors-Lalbenque Airport
Medium airport - 44 mi (72 km) Carcassonne Airport
Medium airport - 50 mi (81 km) Aurillac Airport
Medium airport - 68 mi (110 km) Brive-La Roche Airport
Large airport - 91 mi (147 km) Bordeaux-Mérignac (BA 106) Airport
Large airport - 154 mi (249 km) Marseille Provence Airport
Large airport - 157 mi (254 km) Barcelona International Airport
Large airport - 182 mi (293 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
- Le Vigan
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.
- Le Garric
- Le Sequestre