Carcassonne

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne you can do as well as a daytrip, the train takes about 1 to 1:20 hours, and you can then take the city bus number 4 to the Cité de Carcassonne.

The Cité de Carcassonne, a citatel surrounded by a 3 kilometer long wall with 52 towers was founded in Roman times. The Roman walls were rebuilt by the Visigoths in the 5th and 6th century, but leaving the original structures in place. After short time with the Saracens from 725 to 759 it became Frankish and in 1067, Carcassonne became the property of Raimond Bernard Trencavel, viscount of Albi and Nîmes.

Carcassonne, which at the beginning of the 13th century was a main base of the Cathars and in 1209 it was the goal of the Albigensian crusading army of the Papal Legate Abbot Arnaud Amalric. Raymond Roger de Trencavel was imprisoned whilst negotiating his city's surrender and died three months later in his dungeon. The population was forced to leave and only in 1247 when the town became part of France they were allowed to settle on the other side of the river, today’s town center.

The architect Eugene Viollt-le-Duc was commissioned to renovate the Cité de Carcassonne from 1853 on.

I continued my trip by bus to Biarritz

Paulovic says:
Definitely have to go here one day!
Posted on: Oct 04, 2017
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