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Berben's Palace and Toulouse Lautrec Museum: photos, description Palais de la Berbie)

Famous post-impressionist artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi in 1864, but lived there only a few years before his parents ' divorce. However, the city fully pays homage to its famous son in the former Bishop's Palace in 1922 a Museum was opened dedicated to the works of Toulouse-Lautrec.

Berben Episcopal Palace adjoins the building of the Cathedral, which was founded in the early thirteenth century. Brick building of the Palace was transferred to the city in 1905 after it had been ratified by the law on the separation of Church and state. The history of the Cathedral and the Palace are connected with the religious movement of the Cathars, who were considered heretics and suffered persecution. The Cathedral at Albi was built during the First crusade, undertaken against the Cathars by Pope innocent III in the first third of the XIII century, and was supposed to symbolize the power of the Church and to intimidate dissenters.

The construction of the Palace was initiated in the first half of the XIII century, the local Bishop Durand de Beaucaire. The building housed including the Church Tribunal and a prison cell. Subsequent bishops, enlarged the fortress and strengthened it outside, thus high-ranking churchmen defended himself from the people and their discontent.

Today, the Museum Berben contains the most complete collection of works of the artist, which includes more than a thousand paintings, sketches, drawings, posters and lithographs, and books with illustrations by Toulouse-Lautrec and personal belongings of the artist, including the famous cane-flask.

The bulk of this collection to the Museum gave the artist's mother - Countess Adele de Toulouse-Lautrec. The collection is also contributed to a cousin of the artist Gabriel de Tapia Celerin. Exhibits were provided by other donors, some of the paintings were purchased at auction. Among the paintings you can see the artist's self-portraits, portraits of family members, scenes from the life of Parisian brothels and cabarets, images, horses, animals favorite author. In the twenty-first century was a large-scale reconstruction of the Museum, which lasted from 2001 to 2012.