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    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Cros-Mayrevieille F - 11000 Carcassonne

    Built on the right bank of the River Aude, the City is made up of a fortified centre, the chateau Comtal and a double surrounding wall. The outside one, with 14 towers, is separated from the interior wall, with 24 towers, by the lists. Abandoned when..

  • 2 Saint Nazaire Basilica Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. Auguste-Pierre-Pont F - 11000 Carcassonne

    Inside you will be taken by the contrast between the central nave, a fine example of southern Romanesque art, both simple and severe, and the Gothic Chevet lit up by the bays of the apse and the six Eastern chapels. The stained-glass windows (13 and ..

  • 3 Château Comtal

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 r. Viollet-le-Duc F - 11000 Carcassonne

    Built in the 12C, the Trencavel Palace was transformed into a citadel sometime after 1226. Since the reign of St Louis, an immense ditch and a semi-circular barbican have rendered it a fortress within the city. It houses a lapidary museum (note the C..

  • 4 Rue Cros Mayrevieille

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 11000 Carcassonne

    This road allows direct access to the Château Comtal, but it is just as pleasant to wander through the medieval market town, its winding alleys flanked by numerous small shops.

  • 5 Lices Basses

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lices basses F - 11000 Carcassonne

    Between the Aude and the Narbonnaise gates is the Inquisition Tower with it prison and its chains (a single viewing will suffice to make you confess to anything): further on, the square Bishop's Tower straddles the lices (the space running between th..

  • 6 The Lower Town

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Carnot F - 11000 Carcassonne

    The heart of today's town, the settlement created by St Louis has a regular plan that is only broken by the esplanade of place Carnot, enlivened by Neptune's fountain (1770).

  • 7 Gate of Narbonne

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rte e Narbonnaise F - 11000 Carcassonne

    The two Narbonne towers, huge constructions over the cutwaters are set either side of the main gate to the city protected by a small crenellated castle built on the bridge passing over the ditch and the barbican. Compact, difficult to get in without ..

  • 8 Aude Gate

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rte e d'Aude F - 11000 Carcassonne

    This gate, a major feature of the lices (running between the two perimeter walls) is reached from the lower town along the montée d'Aude, a road leading from the foot of the hill. It is strongly defended by two fortified structures, a weapons emplace..

  • 9 Lices Hautes

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lices Hautes F - 11000 Carcassonne

    Beginning at the Tréseau Tower, the lices here are very wide and bordered with ditches. You'll notice on the walk along the external wall the Vade Tower, a protruding keep looking over the east coast. The walk continues as far as the Grand Brulas Tow..

  • 10 St Nazaire Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 11000 Carcassonne

    This attractive square tower marks the end of the walk along the lices. Flanked by a lookout turret, its postern gate was only accessible by ladder. The tower, which has preserved a well and a furnace (first floor), protected the church.

  • 11 Fine Arts Museum

    Museums and art

    1 r. de Verdun F - 11000 Carcassonne

    The Flemish and Dutch masters are represented here in a refined way, in harmony with a porcelain collection. Regional art is represented by the Toulouse painter Rivalz, the Perpignan painter Rigaud and the Carcassonne painter Jacques Gamelin (1738-18..

  • 12 Maison des Mémoires Joe-Bousquet

    Museums and art

    53 r. de Verdun F - 11000 Carcassonne

    Paralysed following an injury suffered in 1918 Joe Bousquet (1897 - 1950) lived as a recluse in this house where he wrote his strange and challenging works, and corresponded with his writer friends (Aragon, Gide, Michaux, Valéry, Éluard, Ernst...). I..

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