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The frescoes in the cathedral, Albi

The frescoes in the cathedral, Albi
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-13
Categories: Architecture, Artwork
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSCHX100V
Exposure: f/2.7, 1 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tarn valley and canyon [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-02-07 3:11
Viewed: 1795
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
July 13th, 2012
Albi 810004 81000
Tarn Midi-Pyrénées
43.928 2.143 174 m

The frescoes in the cathedral, Albi

One view.
Another view.

In Albi, The "ville rouge", the red city, dominating the TARN, the frescoes of the 16th century of the CATHEDRAL SAINTE-CECILE, are both the oldest and the largest collection of Italian paintings in France.

_ The CATHÉDRALE SAINTE-CÉCILE of Southern Gothic style, built in 13th 15th centuries to assert the catholic faith against the Cathar heresy, is the biggest brick-built cathedral in the world 113 m, 35 m, 78 m. Cathedral of the superlative degrees, it shelters unique works as the biggest mural of the Last Judgment in the world, and the biggest organ of France, and the vastest set Italian paintings in France.

Virtual visit of entrance portal of the Cathedral of Saint-Cécile
Virtual visit of d'Albi, and the cathedral of Saint-Cécile.

_ the Cité Épiscopale of Albi is structured around the cathédrale Sainte-Cécile, and the PALAIS DE LA BERBIE. The episcopal City of Albi is on the list UNESCO world heritage list since 2010.

Cité Épiscopale Virtual visit.

_ The TARN takes its source to approximately 1600 m of altitude, north of hamlet of the Hospital, not far from the peak Cassini, on the slopes of Mount-Lozere, the territory of the commune of le Pont-de-Montvert, and is thrown after a course of 380 km, and the crossing of a catchment area of 15700 km², in the Garonne close to Castelsarrasin. In Moissac, close to the confluence with the Garonne, the minimal flow is gone down to 9 m³/s, while the maximum flow with reached 8000 m³/s. Description.

ALBI is a French municipality, placed in the department of Tarn of the region Midi-Pyrénées, populated with 48 858 Albigeois in 2009, distributed on 44.3 km², that is to say 1 103.9 hab./km².

Albi history.

My images of Albi.
My images of Tarn valley and canyon.

Copyright © All rights reserved. The use or the reproduction, on any media, for profit or not profit, of my photographs, including my photographs published in workshop, the notes or the texts, is prohibited without my written authorization. Joel Berthonneau.

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Salut Joel,
Superbe décorations pour ces voûtes, excellent piqué pour apprécier les détails, bonne option pour le cadrage à partit du moment où il est difficile de monter l'ensemble du plafond.

Hello Joël,
The point of view is excellent and the framing well conceived. I also like the lighting, which helps concentrate the attention on the beautiful decorative work on the left. Superb colours and clarity help bring out the detail wonderfully.

Bonjour Joël
Bon cadrage serré sur ces fresques.Une image bien composée avec ces fuyantes et ces diagonales qui habillent bien la composition.
Bonne après-midi

Bonjour Joël,

Le sujet est bien cadré. La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails et les couleurs des fresques au plafond de la cathédrale Sainte Cécile. L'utilisation probable d'un appui et d'une vitesse d'exposition d'une seconde a un effet spécial sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


une bien belle diagonale avec une moitie superieure peut-etre un peu sombre?
je trouve que tu as trouvé une prise originale qui montre un nombre de details incroyables..

Bonjour Joel,

Une belle vue des plafonds et des fresques sous un angle original et très différend de ceux que l'on a habituellement. La lumière est certes forte au centre de l'image mais fait bien ressortir ce très beau bleu .



Hello Joel - The composition here makes the most of the ambient light. I like the fact that we see the contrast provided by the light and shade, it adds form to the beautifully decorated surfaces. An excellent shot. Warm regards Rosemary

Absolutely fantastic, Joël.

I Love the corner shot, where the exposure is perfect, conveying both the height and beauty of the interior of the Cathedral Sainte-Ceciille. On one of the hottest days in July, it must have been cool in this cavernous interior.

Warm regards,


If you get a chance take a look at my last three blogs for the National Geographic:
Leonardo's Bridge #1
Leonardo's Bridge #2 and
Leonardo's Bridge #3
I would love to have a comment from France for one of them.

Bonjour Joel,
very impressive interior. Really elaborate decoration.
You have presented it in an interesting original way here with the lines making pleasant diagonals across the frame.
Very well done,

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15562 W: 159 N: 27210] (142886)
  • [2013-02-07 9:56]

Bonjour Joel
Ben oui il y en a qui voient grand, moi je me suis contenter de ma petite église de Chandolin :-))
Admirable la beauté des fresques,bravo pour le POV, la lumière et la vue présenter en WS
Belle soirée

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  • Zucca Gold Star Critiquer [C: 284 W: 2 N: 1] (8)
  • [2013-02-07 12:23]

Bonsoir Joël,

Décidément, cette cathédrale est aussi somptueuse et impressionnante à l'extérieur qu'à l'intérieur ! Je reste admiratif devant autant de talents déployés. L'orgue, aussi, mérite la visite à lui seul. Merci pour le partage et la note.

Bonne soirée !


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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2013-02-07 13:27]

Hi Joel,
Wow! What a fantastic ceiling with so many beautiful paintings! Well seen and taken with a perfect exposure and great sharpness. A top class work. TFS.


Hi Joël,
You have chosen a perfect angle to show this beautiful ceiling! Tje golden arches provide a very beautiful pattern in this well composed picture. The picture is well cropped to ans the composition is perfectly balanced. Excellent!
Kind regards

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2013-02-07 20:00]

Hello Joel,

You're capturing well the inside of cathedral by a good angle and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the mural painting of the ceiling drawn focusing on blue and gold. It looks like that construction is also considered well and is built precisely. And, it's impreesive in curved line of this architecture, too.

Kind regards,

Cette cathédrale est aussi intéressante intérieurement qu'extérieurement. Tes trois photos permettent d'avoir une belle idée de ces fresques et de l'orgue imposant.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2013-02-07 23:10]

Bonjour Joel,
beautiful details of interior of cathedral. Great architecture. Amazing ceiling and frescoes. Well presentation here and in WS.
Have a nice day.

Hi Joel,
Amazing magnificent cathedral that completed with colourful paintings, nice to see two other WS photos that show the praying hall and beautiful interior design, interesting composition, distinct indoor photos, good shoot.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13917 W: 0 N: 16108] (170320)
  • [2013-02-08 2:30]

Hello Joël

quel cadrage de ces arches de cette cathédrale fantastique image quelle fresque tout en fuyance vers le haut grandiose.

Bravo et amitié

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9719 W: 157 N: 15685] (125127)
  • [2013-02-08 11:50]

Witaj Joel!
Interesting POV and colors.
Wonderful frescoes.
Excellent colors and sharpness.
I like it...
Nice evening

Hello Joel,
Wow!!! awesome! spectacular interior. Very, very beautiful and impressive interior decor. These frescoes,painting are an extremely beautiful. Magnificent work. Love it a lot. Tfs this beautiful work.
All the best and have a great WE,

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