Albi Toulouse Lautrec Museum And The Cathedral

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ALBI - Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the Cathedral

Date: 20th July 2013

The Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the Cathedral of St. Cecile are obligatory visits when arriving in Albi.

They both had the WOW factor. Apart from being very well laid out, Lautrec's work is displayed in the incredibly palatial Bishop's Palace which, in itself is an amazing building.

At the time of Lautrec's death, his mother offered his work to the Parisian musems where it was declined.  Paris's loss was Albi's gain because Countess de Toulouse Lautrec donated the collection to the City of his birth.  He was a prolific worker and it is fortunate that the maginificent old Bishop's Palace has been used to house the prodigious collection.  As one wanders through the galleries, one not only enjoys his work but also the amazing building - the Berbie Palace.  Berbie is taken from the Occitan word Bisbia meaning Bishop.  This sumptuous palace was built in the 13th Century and my goodness the clergy knew how to live well!

I remember visiting Albi almost 30 years ago but because of the austerity of the building did not bother to go inside. What an architectural and visual treat I missed then. I simply cannot do it justice in words so will post photos in my Gallery.

If you have an interest in Cathar History, I suggest you look up Albi on the Internet. If your interest takes you further a suggestion for reading is 'The Perfect Heresy'. It was written over 10 years ago but would probably be available on line.

Our superb day concluded with a very long journey home and an even later dinner.

Albi Cathedral - difficult to obtain a shot of the whole edifice.

ALBI - Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the Cathedral

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