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Carcassonne Medieval City

 

Ciudad medieval de Carcasona Ciudad medieval de Carcasona 

 

Carcassonne Medieval City (Aude department, Languedoc-Roussillon region) – located 90 minutes west of the Mediterranean town of Montpellier (and about 3 hours north of both the Pyrenees Mountains and the Spanish border), a visit to this walled city takes travelers back to the middle ages – complete with its cobble stoned streets, medieval buildings, and small town squares. Listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997, the medieval city of Carcassonne has an extraordinary system of ramparts surrounding the castle and the buildings associated with it, its streets and its superb Gothic cathedral.

 

This city goes as far back as the Romans, who named it “Carcaso”, taking its present form in the 13th century. Carcassonne would later become an emblematic center of the power of the King of France, at the border with Aragon (medieval Spain). Under the successive reigns of Louis IX, Philip the Bold and Philip the Fair, it took on its final shape. Interestingly, by the 19th century, the city’s walls were in virtual ruins, when restoration efforts were initiated at the time by Parisian architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

Free admission. Guided tours are €12 per person.