Saint Salvi Collegiate Church

Saint Salvi Church, Albi

Saint Salvi Collegiate Church was the first episcopal seat for Albi between the period of 474 and 584. Salvi was the name of one of the earliest bishops of Albi, and dates back to the 6th Century.

The architecture of the church is both Romanesque and Gothic. Saint Salvi is one of the largest Romanesque churches in the Albi area. Where the church started with Romanesque style (12th C), and continued to have Gothic added in the 15th C and finally was revised in the 18th & 19th Centuries. The cloisers, of what remains, are from the Romanseque and Gothic period.

Cloisters - Saint Salvi - Albi

We are luck at what remains as the church was turned into a fodder store during the French Revolution. It was only converted back into a church at the beginning of the 19th century.

AlbiThe cloister was built in 1270. It has been damages during the French Revolution. Galleries were sold off as national property so that the south gallery is the only one remaining today.

The carved capitals exemplify the Romanesque and Gothic styles.