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Carcassonne

History

The medieval city of Carcassonne is situated on a highpoint overlooking the Aude river. Generally known for its fortified medieval town, occupation goes back to the 6th century B.C. when settlers built Gallic dwelling houses and later an active urban centre during the Roman period. 

During the 3rd century A.D., a curtain wall was built, of which vestiges remain today. It is on the western side of this primitive fortification that the Trencavel viscounts built the 12th century castle, which was extended and surrounded by a curtain wall a century later. 

After the Crusade against the Albigensians, the viscounty was definitively attached to the Kingdom of France in 1226. In the 13th century, the outer rampart was built and the inner rampart was modernised, making the city an impregnable fortress. From that time on until 1659, when the Treaty of the Pyrenees was signed making the Roussillon region an integral part of France, Carcassonne was the key stone of the defensive system on the border between France and Aragon. 

Saved from demolition thanks to the efforts of Carcassonne's scholars and Prosper Mérimée, the city underwent extensive renovations between 1844 and 1911, carried out by thearchitect, Eugène Viollet-Le-Duc, at the request of the French state.  For further details visit http://www.carcassonne.culture.fr/

 Things to see and do

The basilica of Saints Nazaire and Celse : the former cathedral has a combination of Romanesque nave and side-aisles with a Gothic choir and transept. It shelters marvellous stained-glass windows, some dating from the 13th century.

The castle : Built during the 12th and 13th centuries on the western side of the primitive fortification, over the highest point of the hill, it is protected by a curtain wall over which wooden hoardings have been reconstituted. Accessed through the cité, entrance is possible after the barbican, a stone bridge over a dry ditch and a portcullis gate which is protected by a double defensive system. In the interior: the courtyards and the palace comprised of the keep and the main residence.

Visits

Non-guided visit : The lists, area of defence and circulation between the two outer walls, the basilica and the interior of the castle, exhibitions, the lapidary museum, the 3D model tracing the construction of the walled city, the contemporary art exhibition. Nonguided visit with printed explanations or audio-guide

Conducted tours : 
Walking tour of 40 minutes over the interior rampart from the castle to the theatre. In French, visits every hour beginning at 10.15 am every day; visits in English, German, Japanese and Spanish depending on the day and by reservation for groups.

Conference tours : visits take 1 ½ hours and include the castle, the Gallo-Roman rampart and the royal towers. In French, visits on Saturdays, Sundays and during school holidays. By reservation for groups, in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and in sign language.



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