Cities of France: Carcasson

Southern Languedok areas stretch from the mouth of the river OD to the coastal city of Perpignan. These edges of low rocky hills and running from the pyrenees of the rivers are visited by foreign tourists. However, Kalkason’s fortress city-Fortress (Carcassonne, Carcassona), founded right on the railway branch from Toulouse in Montpellier, is known as one of the most picturesque cities of France and accurately – the most amazing city of Languedoc.

In the first century BC. NS. The Romans rebuilt the old Celtic fortification, turning it into the outpost of Julia-Karkaso, and Westges led by Eodorich expanded the Fort, having received a major reference point of the future Franco-Spanish border as a result. In the Middle Ages, with County Trensavel, Carcassonason turns into the largest citadel of Europe, which has played a huge role in Albigo wars. In August 1209, the Army Stephen de Monfora took the city storm, and the old fortress fell, many years then stood without the owner. However, restored in 1844-1853 (outstanding work of the French restorer Viol-le-Duke) Carcassonne and now looks like the same as during his dawn.


Double wall ring with 52 towers surrounds Old city (Site de Carcasson), towering like a formidable crown above the cliff of the river. Entrance to the Fortress is free (entry vehicle is prohibited from 10.00 to 18.00), however, in order to see the inside of the Castle Komtal, you will have to join the official excursion (held daily, from April to September – from 9.30 to 18.00, from October to March – from 9.30 to 17.00; Cost – 6.5 euros). Now the entire territory of the Upper City, along with the castle, serfboards and the southern channel is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. And just below lies another distribution of the walls of the XII century, a fencing new city, built after the capture of the fortress by crusaders.

Bright sights of Carcassona include beautiful fortified Basilica Cen-Name-E-Saint-Sels (XI-XIV BB.) With her amazing tower-bell tower with which an exciting panorama opens (open from mid-June to mid-September, from Monday to Friday – from 9.00 to 11.45 and from 13.45 to 18.00, on Sundays – from 9.00 to 10.45 and from 14.00 to 16.thirty), Museum of stone sculptures, Port complex on the southern canal and Embankment of the river Od (Created according to a single project in 1667.), Gothic Saint-Michel Cathedral (1801 g., has the status of a national monument), Bastide Saint Louis Fortress (XIII B.), old Pont-Vie Bridge, Saint-Right Church, Improving gate Port-d’ and Port Narbonnese, the fountain "Neptune" (XVIII B.) on the square of Carno, the bridge Pont Marengo (1800 g.) through the Midi Channel, magnificent private mansions and Palace of Justice.

Around the city

Near the city you can detect a small Safari Park, several Cave complexes, and Lake Cavayer (Cavayere, Carcassonne Plage) with a good beach area.

Reviews and studies of trips

Cities of France Carcassona

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Fortress Carcassonne

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Cities of France Carcassona

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