Early in our trip we visited the town of Albi in France.
Albi, capital of the Tarn, is arguably the most interesting small city in the Midi-Pyrenees region, and we had a memorable visit.
The medieval St. Cecilia's cathedral is remarkable and unique monument, being both fortified and built of brick. It is the largest brick church in the world.
"Built between 1282 and 1480, the current cathedral was built as a defiant assertion of papal power in a region which had only recently been brought back under the power of Rome following the period of the Cathar heresy. The Albigensian crusade was the only crusade directed not against infidels, but against dissenting Christians." http://about-france.com/cities/albi-guide.htm#attractions
A closer look at the bricks and a look at a couple of the "gargoyle like" statues on its exterior.
Here is a closer look at the medieval bridge in Abli, which crosses the Tarn River; it is a thousand years old and is still in service today.
That's all for this week,