Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, welcomes the inscription on the World Heritage List of the Episcopal City of Albi.

Meeting in Brasilia (Brazil), from 25 July to 3 August, for its 34th session, the Committee
UNESCO World Heritage has inscribed the Episcopal City of Albi, France, on
the World Heritage List.
Exceptional testimony of a center of ecclesiastical power of the Middle Ages,
structured by remarkable buildings (cathedral, Berbie Palace, bridge over the
Tarn) by their ambition and their architectural and artistic quality, the episcopal city
Albi also illustrates a particular type of construction, using brick, with a
size and an unparalleled plastic expression.
The Committee also stressed the quality of the conservation of the property, and the
consistency of provisions implemented within the framework of legislation
to protect its values.
Frédéric Mitterrand welcomes this worldwide recognition for one of the
most exceptional monuments of French heritage, and the success of this
application based on the results of a heritage urban policy
high quality, which has also been based on the cooperation
established by the city of Albi with another World Heritage site of architecture
the royal palaces of Abomey (Benin).
The pitons, circuses and ramparts of the island of Réunion were also inscribed
in the category of natural goods.
These are the 34th and 35th French sites inscribed on the World Heritage List.