Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne, France

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Carcassonne France

Carcassonne is a city in south-west France that is best known for its UNESCO World Heritage listed walled city. Carcassonne’s medieval fortress-city is a child’s toy castle grown to lifesize proportions. The Cité, with its bristling towers and battlements, was begun in Gallo-roman times. It played an important role in Languedoc’s unsuccessful effort to remain independent of northern France. The exterior wall was completed under Louis IX. By the mid-19th century, villagers had so thoroughly pillaged the walls for building materials that only truncated ruins remained. But rising interest in medieval France spurred the rebuilding of the Cité. For the best castle-roving, visit the Cité in early morning or at night. The Basilique St-Nazaire, on the south side of the Cité, is an exceptional church, combining a northern Gothic transept and apse with much older Romanesque nave. The stained glass is generally considered among the finest in southern France. Near the Basilique, an amphitheatre built to provide entertainment during the town’s long sieges host many events. Located in a stunning and diversified region, Carcassonne is home to a fascinating cultural and historical past. Moreover, it offers delicious traditional dishes, some of the best vineyards in the south of France and very friendly locals.
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Carcassonne Airport (CCF)
Nearby destinations
  • Castres a 44.92 km
  • Pyrenees a 46.85 km
  • Mirepoix a 40.76 km