Albi Day 2 & The Berbie Palace

Albi Day 2 & The Berbie Palace

Sunday 24th September

The Berbie Palace or Bishop’s Palace dates back to 1228 with three major construction phases during that century. They were dominated by three bishops, who had variously obtained wealth and power in the region whilst in direct conflict with the Albigensians (the locals). Each bishop continued to extend the castle and fortify the walls in fear of a revolt from the townspeople, who regarded the bishops with much hatred.

The Berbie Palace and entrance to the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum

2 metre thick walls

Painted timber ceiling

A brick ceiling

Another ornate ceiling

Today the ongoing restoration works continue and the palace now houses a significant collection of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec paintings and posters. Henri was born in Albi and died at the age of 36. Some of his work includes posters for various artists preforming in Montmartre in Paris.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Palace Gardens

A view from the Palace of the Tarn River

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