A break in Carcassonne

• Medieval citadel and Comtal Castle excursion •

 

It is located at the top of a hill in Languedoc, and in the heart of Cathar Country, the city of Carcassonne is famous for its medieval fortress known as “Cité de Carcassonne” including many watchtowers and its double surrounding walls. The first walls are dating back to the Gallo-Roman period whose main additions were built in the 13th and 14th century.
Listed since 1997 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cité owes its inscription by virtue of the long duration of its restoration campaign, one of the largest restoration projects in Europe. In the nineteenth century, the Cité of Carcassonne is on the brink of demolition and it is used as a stone quarry for nearly 50 years, Viollet-le-Duc, one of the founders of modern science of conservation, begins to give it back its medieval appearance demolishing useless constructions and renovating the place.

Did you know it?

The Cité guaranteed the border between France and Aragon up to 1659, when the Treaty of the Pyrenees was signed.

The impressive fortifications of the Cité of Carcassonne are on a rocky spur that overlooks the Aude river. It was occupied for the first time in the 6th century BC by the Romans. While walking there, you can appreciate its outstanding and splendid military architecture and its 2600 years of history.

The Comtal Castle, the last line of defence, lies within the Cité of Carcassonne and its ramparts. This castle was mostly built in the 13th century and it is protected against the Cité by a deep moat, two barbicans and six arrow slit towers.

With your ticket you can visit the castle freely or in a guided tour.
This castle has a lot to discover ! Its fascinating history, its rich and diverse culture enjoying this exclusive places: ramparts,projection room….

How to ge there :

  • Blablacar, it’s a carpool site
  • Train
  • Car
  • Bus (Ouibus or Citytour South-West)

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