The medieval city of Carcassonne is one of the most impressive medieval walled cities in Europe. It was saved from destruction and restored by the renowned architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc in the nineteenth century. Ranked as World heritage of humanity by UNESCO, the impressive fortifications of the city of Carcassonne retain traces of 1,000 years of military architecture and 2600 years of history.
The castle was fortified by the Romans who called it “Carcassonne”. After they were evicted, the city of Carcassonne fell into the hands of tribal invaders and was slowly developed and then fortified. Carcassonne consists of a low wall surrounding a high defensive wall with fifty two towers around the old city. It is possible for visitors to have a guided tour of the ramparts exceptionally preserved on board a train from the Porte Narbonnaise.
Inside the ramparts, we find the count's castle, which itself is a fortress within the fortress overlooking the old walled city. A museum inside the castle, explains the impact history on the Albigois Crusade and exhibits a remarkable collection of statues, sarcophagi and other ancient and medieval ruins.
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