An inspirational trip to Albi
While I was working in France this summer I had the oportunity to visit Albi, an ancient city in the Tarn region of the south of France. Albi is the home of the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum as well as the Sainte Cecile Cathedral, a building claiming to be the largest brick building in the world. It's exterior is rather austere but it's interior is absolute heaven!!
The stone carving is beyond detailed and absolutely divine, and to think it was begun back in the 13th Century simple boggles the mind! The vaulted ceiling frescoes were painted by Italian Renaissance painters - it is the largest and oldest examples of their work in France.
As a Decorative Artist I was spellbound by the frescoes on the ceiling and also by the comparatively simpler ones in the chapels along the sides of the cathedral, their colours and patterns simply stunning!
I have visited Albi a few times over the years but never tire of visiting this extraordinary building, one I urge anyone visiting the region to check out.