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Palais de la Berbie

The Palais de la Berbie and its gardens, a prestigious setting

In the second half of the 13th century, the Bishops of Albi undertook the construction of the Palais de la Berbie close to the cathedral of Sainte-Cécile and the banks of the Tarn. A true fortress, the palace is a testimony to the bygone power of the Bishops of Albi. This medieval architecture, with its walls of extraordinary height and thickness, encloses a court of honour and a keep.

The prelates who followed from the Renaissance to the 18th century transformed and enlarged it into a stately palace with sumptuous salons and French style formal gardens. Situated in the very heart of the city’s historical centre, the Palais de la Berbie, listed as a historical monument, is one of France’s best preserved episcopal residences. It forms part of Albi’s episcopal citadel, a candidate for World Heritage of Humanity status.