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Cathedral. Cecilia: photo description (Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile d'albi)

The Cathedral of Saint-Cecile (or St. Cecilia) more like a fortress - so menacing and powerful this looks like a temple of God. The Cathedral was built between the XIII-XV century, his favorite place after the massacre of the knights-crusaders on the Cathars-the Albigensian Pope, rejected the special role of Church and state, and therefore declared heretics, unfit to live.

The construction of the Cathedral was to strengthen the role of the Church and to demonstrate to all believers and especially the dissent of its power. Even the color of the brick masonry walls were chosen by chance - a powerful red walls had to remind the shed blood of heretics and to discourage others from heresy.

In addition to a solid walls with a thickness of more than four metres, the Cathedral, as if it was not a Church, and a well-fortified fortress was equipped with other defensive devices and tricks. The walls of the Cathedral it was possible to pour boiling water on the heads of the besiegers, to drop rocks on them. The walls were built in such a way as to exclude the mines, and in the upper part thereof, has galleries with loopholes. Outside the Cathedral did not contain virtually any characteristic of medieval religious buildings decorations and gloomily towered over the city.

But the interior of the Cathedral was adorned with figures of angels, geometric patterns and white stone columns. The walls of the Cathedral are painted with frescoes, here are the biggest classical organ in France and the world's largest image of the last judgment. Realistic and colorful, which made this picture also reminded of the unenviable fate of heretics and sinners.

The Cathedral of Saint Cecilia is located in the historical centre of Albi and is a recognized example of Gothic architecture. He is also recognized as the largest building in the Gothic style out of brick. The Cathedral was built on the site of the Church built in the IV century, burned in the VII century and rebuilt in the X century. The Cathedral contains several tens of items of Church utensils, sculptures and vestments, which are recognized as works of art, and the Cathedral is a world heritage site by UNESCO.