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With its ochre-tinted architecture, blue skies and sparkling river, it is easy to see why so why more than 800,000 people visit Albi every year. The area around the cathedral was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010 because of its two beautiful medieval fortresses and lovely medieval districts, which incorporate half-timber houses, quaint narrow streets, an elaborate church and a scenic bridge.
Albi started life in the Bronze era, 300-600 BC, before being conquered by the Romans. It grew rich in 1040 as a result of thriving commercial and exchange industries but saw many Cathers massacred in 1208 for following their own version of Catholicism. Nowadays it is more peaceful and, with a busy market, a selection of museums, immaculate gardens and a variety of quality restaurants, it is an idyllic destination. Albi is located in the Midi-Pyrénées region and, as such, enjoys mild winters and pleasant summers