Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Albi's oldest house

Photo Sylvain Duchampt
The Maison Fenasse is a private house by the marche couvert in Albi is thought to be the oldest house in the Tarn. Originally built in the 12th century by a wealthy merchant, the house still survives, though it has been altered and extended over the centuries. Built in the Roman style the stone arch seen on the first floor is a an important sign of its age. Originally built from stone, much of which survives, time and weather have caused much of the façade to be replaced with red brick. Travellers at that time would cross the river by the old bridge and climb up towards the cathedral, so many medieval houses were built around this area. Sadly many were demolished to be replaced by the covered market.
The Maison Fenasse is now divided into several private properties so is not open to visit.
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