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697km (432 miles) SW of Paris; 76km (47 miles) NE of Toulouse

Albi straddles both banks of the Tarn River and is dominated by its 13th-century cathedral, the heart of the remarkable Episcopal city. The whole of this medieval city center was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2010. Albi is known as the “red city,” its major remarkable buildings constructed from red bricks. Toulouse-Lautrec was born in the Hôtel Bosc in Albi; it’s still a private home and not open to visitors, but a plaque is on the wall of the building, on rue Toulouse-Lautrec in the town center. Naturally, one of the town’s major attractions is the Toulouse-Lautrec museum with a world-class collection of the artist’s work.