Carcassonne Things to Do

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Most Viewed Things to Do in Carcassonne

  • 1. Basilique St Nazaire

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    The Cathedral in the Cite within the Castle walls is a wonderful church with lots of goth, stained glass, wild water spouts and fine sculptures. The cathedral as it stands dates from the 11th Century,...

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  • 2. La Cité Médiévale

    The “Cité de Carcassonne” is the town’s main attraction, and a UNESCO heritage site. The town’s tourism website has this to say... “Située sur la rive droite de l’Aude, la Cité Médiévale est une...

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  • 3. Walking

    I was staying nearby so i had to take this road to get home anyway. There is a lovely little park and a nice trail to walk You are far enough away from the cite that you can get a good shot, but its...

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  • 4. Chateau Comtal

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Through another archway and across a second dr moat is the 12th century Château Comtal. Chateau Comtal was built in the 12th-century by Bernard Aton Trencavel. Chateau Comtal was originally the palace...

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  • 5. Chateau Comtal Museum

    While you can enjoy 80% of the castle without going into the Museum, the Museum provides a great deal of explanation and a walk around the ramparts and towers of the center of the Castle. It also...

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  • 6. Le Pont Vieux

    A first glance it just seemed out of place. If you look from the Pont Vieux you will see a large construction that looks like a man with his hands up. During the daytime it just looks odd. However, at...

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  • 7. Place Carnot

    the lovely large square at the center of the Bastide St Louis is today called Place Carnot. It was originally much larger and over time has changed names and functions according to who was ruling...

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  • 8. Porte Narbonnaise

    Of course structures like this main gate have a very important part in the defensive structure of a city. We learned that in a war situation, the wooden hoardings supported on beams fixed in the walls...

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  • 9. Lices Hautes

    This first tower was in fact the choir of Saint Sernin church, which doesn't exist anymore. The neighbouring tower is even more stranger. It is a big stone block without any window stuck to the wall....

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  • 10. Canal Du Midi

    The Canal du Midi runs from Aquitaine to the Mediterranean and is 240km long. It's now a World Heritage Site. there's a pretty little lock and mooring basin near Carcassonne railway station, and...

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  • 11. Musee Lapidaire

    Located within the Château Comtal, visiting the museum is the only way to gain access to the chateau. The collection Roman and medieval artifacts is interesing. My favorites are the old gravestones,...

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  • 12. Ecluse de l'Aiguille

    Another joke by the Artistic Lockkeeper, the face of a man carved in a tree, together with a sign that says Homo Sapin (Homo Sapiens = thinking man, Latin scientific classification for humanity; plus...

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  • 14. Eglise St Vincent

    We just came across this church as we were walking around waiting for the next train back to Toulouse, and went in to pass the time. Good call!The churchtower...

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  • 15. St Gimer Church

    While Viollet le Duc is most often credited with restoration of great buildings in France, it is less often that he won notice for new construction. St Gimer,...

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  • 16. Cathedral of Carcassonne

    The Cathedral of Carcassonne (Cathédrale Saint-Michel de Carcassonne) was originally built on orders of Louis IX in 1247. It was subsequently destroyed during...

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  • 17. The Jacobin Gate

    at the South end of the bastide St Louis is the Jacobin gate, the only one of the four original gates built into the city fortifications that has survived....

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  • 18. Ride a carriage around the city walls

    If you enter at Porte Narbonnaise, there are all sorts of things there to distract you from serious sightseeing. There is a little train tour of La Cité, a...

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  • 19. Lower Town Fortifications

    Often we get swept up in the massive Castle of Carcassonne, surrounding the Cite, however, for centuries there was constant friction between the Cite and the...

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  • 20. Upper Lists

    If you go out of Narbonne Gate and turn right before the drawbridge you will find youself in the Upper Lists - the space between the Inner and Outer Walls.A...

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  • 21. Inner Town

    The first-time visitor to the Citadel is often surprised to discover that iside it is a living town. You expect to find a castle and fortfications. However...

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  • 22. Town's Walls and Towers

    The castle itself possesses its own drawbridge and ditch leading to a central keep. The walls consist of towers built over quite a long period. One section is...

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  • 23. Grande Caponniere

    The Grande Caponniere or covered passage was a battlemented stairway of which a part still survives. This fortified passage went as far as great tower of the...

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  • 24. Lady Carkass statue and legend

    The folk etymology of the name – involving a châtelaine named Carcas, a ruse ending a siege and the joyous ringing of bells ("Carcas sona").The statue of Lady...

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  • 25. Narbonne Gate

    The Narbonne Gate is the principal point of entry to the Citadel and is also called because it faces east towards the town of Narbonne. It consists of twin...

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