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ALBI CATHEDRAL

Restoring the choir of Albi Cathedral

ALBI CATHEDRAL
Albi, France
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BACKGROUND

Sainte-Cécile Cathedral in Albi was built in the thirteenth century following the suppression of the Albigensian Heresy, centered in Albi, to convey the power of the Church to the populace. The cathedral stands prominently in the city of Albi and is believed to be one of the largest brick buildings in the world. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF is conserving the elaborately decorated choir of the cathedral. The interior sculptural and polychrome pictorial details will be consolidated where paint is flaking and the overall conditions of the decorated surfaces will be improved, returning the enclosure of the choir and its sculpture to its original state.

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WHY IT MATTERS

Albi Cathedral represents a confluence of architectural and decorative styles demonstrating the important role Albi once played as a nexus of cultural, social and economic exchange. The conservation program is commencing in 2011 and will be completed in the next 2-3 years. (...)

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