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French art: ‘Sainte-Cecile Cathedral in Albi’

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This stamp is dedicated to the Basilica Sainte-Cecile which rises above the city of Albi. It is one of the most visited cathedrals of France.

The cathedral had been building from 1282 to 1480 and represents a masterpiece of the southern gothic art. The Sainte-Cecile Basilica combines an amazing contrast between the external austerity of defensive architecture and the internal richness of sumptuous decoration. The wall paintings of the dome (one detail of which is shown on the stamp) form the biggest (97 m long on 28 m large) and the most ancient (1509-1513) ensemble of the Renaissance Italian painting in France.

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