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The Greatest Unknown Cathedral
One of the greatest unknown churches, barely mentioned is the Sainte-Cecile cathedral of Albi. The outside (a fortress) hides a wealth of art inside.
It was built in the aftermath of the Albigensian Crusade, which sought to eliminate Catharism. The built was completed in 1282. The church breathes harmony and symmetry. Through it, we can gain a glimpse of how medieval churches, which were very richly decorated. In fact, medieval times were very colorful!
The late Gothic portal
We stand at the entrance of the cathedral. The style of this cathedral is typical late gothic flamboyant.
The Rood Screen
The rood screen, referring to the Saxon word rood, meaning cross, is one of the most beautiful. Christ is crucified and surrounding Him stand Our Lady and St John.
In the 16th century, many choir screens were removed. A bit later, this one was also threatened during the French Revolution (being a Temple of Reason for some time).
The beautiful ceiling, with paintings from the 16th century.
The Organ and Last Judgment painting
When standing at the center of the church, it is easy to see the coherence this cathedral has.
This was a different post, focusing more on beauty than on words. The images speak for themselves. This late medieval cathedral shows the glories of the medieval times.
For more images, I highly recommend to take a look at the Wikipedia page. Till next Sunday!