Oct 05

Carcassonne : The Cathar Country

by in France

Carcassonne

The site of the current medieval city has been inhabited and fortified since at least 100BC or so. Since that time it was occupied by Romans, Visigoths, (most famously) the Cathars, and after a crusade,  since 1247 – the kings of France.

Unfortunately it was raining so we are unable to give you pretty pictures of La Cite. Here is what we have

Some sights of Carcassonne

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Potre de Narbonne – la Cite – Carcassonne

St Nazaire Basilica

St Nazaire Basilica looming in the mists

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St Nazaire Basilica – Stained Glass Window

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Gargoyle of St Nazaire

 

And last but no least (with apologies for the cropping and distortions) the main gates of the Chateau Comtal:

 

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Gates of Chateau Comtal in Carcassonne

 

Revisit: Required.

This place and the surrounding Cathar country definitely need a return visit.

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