Narbonne Tourist Traps

  • Entering Place de l'Hôtel de Ville from the east.
    Entering Place de l'Hôtel de Ville from...
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  • Belfry of the Palais des Archeveques.
    Belfry of the Palais des Archeveques.
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  • Beautiful surroundings of the main square.
    Beautiful surroundings of the main...
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    Place de l'Hôtel de Ville - Via Domitia and more.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 7, 2011
    Enjoy the beautiful facades.
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    Before we decided where we wanted to go during the summer of 2011, of course we did some research on Google about Narbonne. One of the things that intregued me immediately was the fact that there was a section of Via Domitia exposed right at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, the city centre of this old city. This route that the Romans regularised and paved was ancient when they set out to survey it, so old that it traces the mythic route travelled by Heracles. Hannibal traversed it on his way from Hispania to Italy.

    Other places of interest will be found if you just look up to the beautiful facades of the surrounding buildings. Maybe it is a good tip to have a cold refreshment at one of the terraces, sit on a comfortable chair, just look around and enjoy the vibrance of this beautiful spot.

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    Place de l'Hôtel de Ville - The busy centre.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 7, 2011
    Iris, Sam and me at Place de l'H��tel de Ville.
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    Whithout a doubt is the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville the busy centre of the town and a true tourist trap. But is this a good reason to avoid it and not visit it? No, not at all. You can also put this main square in the tip section "Must see"! And I can also tell you why :)

    At the west part of the square you will see two magnificent buildings. First of all the Palais des Archeveques. We read that the Archbishop's Palace was first designed in the 12th century and was intended to create a safe place of comfort for the residents of Narbonne, even whilst under attack. The military prowess of the building can still be seen from the large turrets that emanate from the top. In recent times the palace has become home to three of the cities favorite museums.

    The second building is the Narbonne Cathedral, which is situated in the heart of the present city of Narbonne, but in the Middle Ages was located by the city wall. This placement was due to a long history of the site as a place of worship. We learned that in 313 a Constantinian basilica was erected on the same spot as the present cathedral. Ruined by a fire in 441 a Latin basilica was constructed here. Little remains of this building as it fell into ruin. The idea to build a Gothic cathedral was a plitical decision made in 1268 and started with the foundation of the current Chapelk of the Sacred Heart.

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    Place de l'Hôtel de Ville - The main square.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 7, 2011
    Entering Place de l'H��tel de Ville from the east.
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    Narbonne is the oldest town in the south west of France. Founded by the Romans in the second century BC, it became the capital of whole of Southern Gaul. At the time it was a major port, although it now lies some 20 km from the sea. The remains of the ancient road to Rome (Via Domitia) can still be seen in the central square, in front of the beautiful Archbishop's Palace (Palais des Archeveques) and cathedral (Saint Just and Saint Pasteur Cathedral).

    The main square (called Place de l'Hôtel de Ville) on which all these beautiful historical buildings are situated, is the natural centre of the city of narbonne: a stage for various minor and major events, a reference point, a meeting place and the starting point or destination for walkers who want to discover the city. Historically speaking, the square began to operate in a shape and size similar to what we see today in the early years of the 14th century.

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    • Castles and Palaces
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