The porch of the south gate of the cathedral of Albi was added to the building in the sixteenth century. Viollet-le-Duc describes it as follows:
The porch of the cathedral of Albi is a structure created by the last schools of the Middle Ages and produces a wonderful effect. Built in white stone, it stands out against the sky and the brick background of the church in the most picturesque manner. Its location, so well chosen at the top of a long stairway, makes it the most imposing entrance that can be imagined.