Fresque du Castelviel
The episcopal town situated north east of Toulouse has a rich history and is home to the Cathedral Basilica of Sainte-Cécile (also known as Albi Cathedral) which was completed in 1480. This huge gothic structure looks like a fortress on the outside, but is majestic on the interior and is considered one of the largest brick buildings in the world. It was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2010.
Visitors are also drawn to Albi for its ‘Pont Vieux’ or ‘Old Bridge’ which dates back to 1035 built over the river Tarn and its intricate old town streets – one of which now benefits from this new lighting scheme.
The wall painting adorning the side of a house in an old part of the town tells the story of the eponymous neighbourhood and its inhabitants. While it’s an interesting painting to look at, there’s actually a mistake in it. The artists confused the French cockade with the English cockade (ribbons or a knot worn on a hat as a badge of office or livery) on the solider standing guard in the painting.