Albi is situated on the River Tarn in the southwest of France. The town of Albi is known for its design created by using the red brick. This brick seems to alter shading contingent upon the light of the day. The red-brick rarity is the landmark of the Episcopal town which was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2010. If you are looking for the best city break implying master exhibition museums, unforgettable landmarks and vivified old city boulevards, Albi is worth investigating.
1. Toulouse-Lautrec Museum
Odds are that you’ve heard of the 19th-century artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec regardless of the possibility that you don’t have the foggiest idea about the name. His artistic creations regularly show up on posters related to the Moulin Rouge. The museum, situated in Berbie Palace, is the most vital public collection of Lautrec’s work on the planet, gloating more than 1,000 pieces. The museum is a global reference point for the work of the local artist of Albi.
The first rooms are devoted to his youthful works representing his family, his friends and his theme of predilection animals, and then little by little, the visitor is taken to the universe of Paris: brothels and especially the world of the spectacle, the circus. Room after room, we follow the evolution of this atypical artist. On the second floor, a collection of modern art allows to discover the art of the first half of the 20th-century and to evoke the artistic friendships and contemporaries of Lautrec: Emile Bernard, Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard, and a significant group of painters known as “Poetic Reality”. If you’re curious or a lover of art, put a visit to the museum on your program.
Address: Palais de la Berbie, Place Sainte-Cécile, 81000 Albi, France
Contact: +33 563494870
Opening Hours: from 10 am – 12 pm, 2 – 6 pm
Website: Musée Toulouse-Lautrec
2. The Museum of Fashion
The place itself merits the detour since this museum, with its five presentation rooms, involves some portion of the previous of Annunciation Convent. This museum presents a large number of clothing and accessories from a private collection extending from the 17th-century till 1970. One of the strongest identities of the Fashion Museum is to introduce every year a renewed display, focused on an alternate topic. Every display keeps going for nine months, the ideal time to be seen by the majority without compromising the delicate materials or sensitive colors.
Le Musée de la Mode
Address: 17 Rue de la Souque, 81000 Albi, France
Contact: +33 563431590
Opening Hours: from 9:30am to 12pm and from 2:30pm to 6pm (except Mondays)
Website: Le Musée de la Mode
3. Lapérouse Museum
A native 18th-century from Albi is honored by exhibiting, for the most part, the historical backdrop of the navigator Jean-François Galaup de Lapérouse, his voyage, scientific expeditions, and sinking of his two water crafts. Lapérouse was a navigator famous for a disastrous expedition traveling the world in the 18th-century in 1785, that finished in unexplained conditions at the Solomon Islands. A sum of 640 pieces is displayed, including nautical artifacts, drawings, navigation tools, guns and finds recuperated from Lapérouse’s shipwreck.
Address: 41 Rue Porta, 81000 Albi, France
Contact: +33 563460187
Opening Hours: from 9 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm (except Mondays)
Website: Musée Lapérouse
4. Art Center of LAIT
Vue de l'exposition de Tarik Essalhi Photo Phoebe MeyerPosted by Centre d'art Le LAIT on Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Le Centre d'Art de LAIT is an exhibition hall and contemporary art studio. This center, which is fundamentally dedicated to visual arts, is likewise open to a wide range of disciplines, including literature, cinema, dance, music, architecture, etc. The exhibitions are held in a huge vaulted room which testifies to the economic past of the city, its activity of milling and vermicelli practised from 1845 to 1971. There’s no lasting display, yet around every impermanent show, the center organizes workshops, topical visits, conferences, and events. Artists have been exhibiting their works here since 1989.
Centre d'art Le LAIT
Address: 41 Rue Porta, 81000 Albi, France
Contact: +33 563383591
Opening Hours: from 2pm to 7pm (except Mondays and Tuesdays)
Website: Centre d'art Le LAIT
5. Mine of Cagnac-les-Mines Museum
Presently, Mine de Cagnac-les-Mines Museum, located a couple of minutes toward the northern part of Albi, is the last demonstration of the Tarn Department’s once critical mining industry. You’ll get the opportunity to discover 350 meters (1,148 feet) of displays with devices to delineate what it resembled to work in such places.
Address: 2 Avenue de Saint-Sernin, 81130 Cagnac-les-Mines, France
Contact: +33 563539170
Opening Hours: from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm (except Mondays)
Website: Musée-mine départemental
6. La Maison du Vieil Alby
A basic souvenir of your vacation in Albi, the photograph of the house of Vieil Alby will be an absolute necessity in your collection! It is a standout amongst the most beautiful houses in the historic center. This house, made of brick and timber, has held the qualities of the old medieval houses. The ground floor reviews the old shops and a staircase prompts the floors to find a permanent exhibition on the youth of the painter, Toulouse-Lautrec. The second floor is a video room and devoted to temporary exhibitions.
Maison du Vieil Alby
Address: 1 Rue de la Croix Blanche, 81000 Albi, France
Contact: +33 563494880
Website: Maison du Vieil Alby
7. The Historic Center
The Historic Center is partitioned into six different neighborhoods, each with an alternate identity. The red block penetrates in the six quarters; Castelnau, for instance, is the place Albi’s most affluent medieval nationals lived, only south of the cathedral and where Toulouse-Lautrec’s family home is set. Saint-Salvi, then again, was a place of commerce, and an arrangement of fine renaissance townhouses for rich vendors.
Albi's Historic Center
Website: Albi’s Historic Center
8. Albi Cathedral
The Gothic Saint-Cécile Cathedral, erected in the 13th-century, is considered the largest brick structure on the planet. Roost on a slope over Tarn River, it looks more like a citadel. If the outside fortress-like is threatening, the inside is luxurious. The cathedral is truly canvassed in artistic religious style within. The most intriguing of all is the immense painting of The Last Judgment that extends to the two sides of the western wall.
Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Address: 5 Boulevard Général Sibille, 81000 Albi, France
Contact: +33 563432343
Website: Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi
9. Palace of the Berbie
Built in the 13th-century, the Palace of the Berbie is the previous residence of the Bishops. It is likewise one of the oldest palaces in France. This palace is one of the two major landmarks of the Episcopal City, classified World Heritage. It is built on a naturally fortified site, belvedere on the Tarn. Its military architecture affirms the power of the bishops. Over the centuries, the bishops have changed it into a delightful residence. The gardens of the Palais are one of the most favorite revelations for guests. The old place d'armes changed into a classic garden is worth the detour. You can contemplate the flower beds and topiaries in these gardens.
Address:17 Place Sainte-Cécile, 81000 Albi, France
Contact: +33 563541386
Opening Hours: from 7am to 7pm (except Wednesdays)
10. Old Bridge
Built around 1040, Le Pont-vieux is currently one of the oldest bridges in France to be utilized for traffic. This bridge lays on eight arches. It is classified as a historic monument and incorporated into the perimeter of the property classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unlike the structures in the Episcopal City, the bridge is made of stone, and just has a brick cladding that was included in the 19th-century.
Address: Pont Vieux, 81000, Albi, France
11. Laser Quest
The entryway of Laser Quest opens to another universe in which your companions, managers, and guardians will turn into your rivals. Your gear is a target harness and a laser firearm with infrared sensors. Your main goal is to lose points for your rival by demonstrating strategy and agility so that he does not reach you. In Team Mode (two or three teams), the green players must go for the casings and guns of red or mixed teams and vice versa. In Solo Mode, every player plays for himself and must go for all casings and guns. No violence, no brutality, just a good dose of fun.
Address: 5 Rue Jacques Monod, 81000 Albi, France
Contact: +33 563550418
Opening Hours: Closed Mondays
Website: Laser Quest
By visiting Albi, there will be no room for regrets and what ifs. All tours in Albi will give you a deep insight to the beautiful culture of the country and will help you see the real beauty of France.
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