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Carcassonne - La Cité

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Carcassonne: "The Virgin of the Languedoc"


The old town of Carcassonne, called the Cité, is a small world of its own. Here the myth of the French middle age became reality. The hill it was built on dominates the valley of the Aude. It is located between the Pyrenees in the south and the Black Mountains in the north, the foothills of the Cevennes.







The development of The Cité is owned by the following 4 ages: The fortress has 3 fortification systems:
  1. The Romans: 4th century
  2. Count of Trencavel: 12th century
  3. Saint Louis: 13th century
  4. Philip the Bold: 13th century
  1. The external wall with 17 towers and bastions
  2. The internal wall with 29 towers
  3. The castle as a last escape resort with 9 towers
  4. It is a completely self-contained fortress.


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