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Albi in Tarn Département, Midi-Pyrénées, France
 

Le palais de la Berbie

[Le Bishop's Palace]

 
 
Le palais de la Berbie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 24, 2012
1. Le palais de la Berbie Marker
Inscription. Le nom du palais vient de l’occitan bisbia signifiant “évêche”, référence à sa fonction de résidence episcopale. Le bâtiment fut engé entre le XIIIe et le XIVe siècle et connut quelque modifications jusqu’au XVIIe siècle. Il forme avec la cathédrale un ensemble monumental de briques exceptionnal. Cette architecture militaire témoigne de la volonte de l’évêque d’affirmer sa puissance et son autorité en réponse à la dissidence cathare. Les nombreux contreforts hémicylindrique, les énormes tours et l’épaisseur des murs manifestent un type de défense passive, fondée sur la hauteur et sur la masse.

[Translated by Google Translate (with modifications):
Palace Berbie
The name of the palace comes from the Occitan bisbia meaning "bishopric", a reference to its function as Episcopal residence. The building was built between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and underwent some modifications until the seventeenth century. It forms, with the cathedral, a monumental assemble of exceptional brick. This military architecture reflects the will of the bishop to assert its power and authority in response to the Cathar dissent. Its many hemi-cylindrical buttresses, the enormous towers and thick walls show a kind of passive defense, based on the height and mass.]
 
Location. 43° 

Le palais de la Berbie image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 24, 2012
2. Le palais de la Berbie
55.756′ N, 2° 8.546′ E. Marker is in Albi, Midi-Pyrénées, in Tarn Département. Marker can be reached from Pl. Sainte-Cecile. Click for map. This marker is on the grounds of Le palais de la Berbie on the garden overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Albi, Midi-Pyrénées 81000, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Les jardins de la Berbie (here, next to this marker); La Temporalité (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Le palais de la Berbie (within shouting distance of this marker); Les berges du Tarn (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Hôtel de Fenasse (about 210 meters away); Le Castelnau (about 240 meters away); Le pont Vieux (about 240 meters away); Le bourg Saint-Salvi (approx. 0.2 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Albi.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Forts, Castles
 
Le palais de la Berbie image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2012
3. Le palais de la Berbie
Hemi-cylindrical buttresses on the walls of Le palais de la Berbie image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2012
4. Hemi-cylindrical buttresses on the walls of Le palais de la Berbie
 
 
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