Carcassonne History (cont)
As the city was on crossroads of trading ways with the Near East, the doctrine distinct from Christian extended here. It was perceived by the Catholic world as heresy. During wars the column of Carcassonne stood on the party of heretics. The city was won by crusaders in 1229. Lui Sacred ordered to destroy the city.
However the son of the column tried again to seize the ancestral lands. But it was unsuccessfully. Then Lui undertook a new construction and surrounded an internal fortification with an external wall. Phillip the Fat by 1285 finished these works.
La cité décor
Véritable défi à l'imaginaire le décor de pierres de la citadelle fut, très tôt, une aubaine pour les cinéastes. Dès 1908, Louis Feuillade y tourna trois courts métrages dont Michel Jordy fixera quelques séquences sous forme de cartes postales. Prêtant à d'autres lieux l'opulence de ses tours et de ses murailles (Le Miracle des loups, La Merveilleuse vie de Jeanne d'Arc, Robin des Bois…), décor onirique de passions médiévales (La Fiancée des ténèbres) la cité ne cessera depuis d'accueillir de multiples tournages. Parallèlement au cinéma, le théâtre va aussi se développer au sein de l'enceinte médiévale. A l'emplacement de l'ancien cloître, sont données, dès 1908, des pièces à caractère historique. Peu après le bel canto vient s'ajouter au répertoire. Le mélange des genres est, depuis le début, une constante du lieu, comédies et tragédies, ballets et opéras, concerts de musique, classique et populaire, s'y succéderont et s'y côtoient au fil des époques. Real challenge to the imaginary the decor of stones of the citadel was, very early, a godsend for the film-makers. Since 1908, Louis Feuillade turned three short films of which Michel Jordy will fix some sequences under shape of post cards there. Lending to other places the wealthiness of its towers and its defensive walls (The Miracle of the wolves, The Marvelous life of Jeanne of bow, Robin of Woods…), medieval passion decor onirique (The Fiancée of darkness) the city won't stop since welcoming multiple filmings. In the same way to the movies, the theater also goes to develop itself within the medieval surrounding wall. To the site of the former cloister, are given, since 1908, of the pieces to historic character. Shortly after the beautiful canto comes to be added to the index. The mixture of the kinds is, since the beginning, a constant of the place, comedies and tragedies, ballets and operas, concerts of music, classic and popular, will follow themselves of it and coast themselves of it with the passing of the times.
Signs of the past.
There are lots of very obvious old buildings in Carcassonne, but there are also many more hidden examples. Keep your eyes open as you wander. I love the way ancient buildings are incorporated into newer ones over the centuries, like this house in Trivalle. The other photo shows the wooden framework of a house exposed by renovations.
Lots of buses to go near and far
Av. A. Mullot goes over Pont Neuf, is a major street, with all kinds of buses, local and long distance, all stop and connect at the bus junction at Square Gambetta, a short block west of pont Neuf, with a nice visitors center.
The old city
Middle age town very well preserved on the top of a small hill, with the modern city of Carcassonne sprawling around it.
Its highest point was reached during the XI century when the city controlled the commercial flows between Atlantic and Mediterranean.
After 1659, when the border with Spain was moved away from the city, Carcassonne lost its economical importance and the old city was slowly abandoned and ruined. Restoration started in 1849.
It's nice to walk along its pedestrian roads, trying to avoid the major ones, overcrowded and full of souvenir shops. There are some beautiful some hidden corners and a walk along the walls offers a scenic view over the modern city and the valley.
Visit the castle.