Cité de Carcassonne, Carcassonne Center

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Cité de Carcassonne, a fully restored, fortified French town dates back more than 2,000 years. This site is widely considered one of the best examples of a well-preserved medieval city with heavy fortifications. A classic fortress on a high peak features architectural influences from the Romans, fifth-century Visigoths, and later occupants. You can explore two rings of fortified walls with battlements, conical towers, bridges, stone streets, and medieval buildings. A famous Gothic cathedral with carved stone columns and stained glass windows crowns the city. Add Cité de Carcassonne to your Carcassonne travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Carcassonne driving holiday site .
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  • Amazing fortifications and ramparts and castle buildings. The whole city has a wonderful historical feeling, in places it's a bit like the original that Harry Potter was based on. A little bit tacky o...  more »
  • Cit' de Carcassonne medieval fortress, residential area of the city of Carcassonne France 2500 years of history, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I love to walk on such streets, which are many hundreds of years, and maybe thousands. Once was at a similar facility in Belgorod-Dniestrovsky fortress Ackerman, from the outside also looks very impressive, but inside is empty, almost nothing, and here I could not even imagine that inside will be a residential city, restaurants, shops, hotel, church, etc. . Loved!
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  • This is the definitive example of a fortified medieval city. For most people, this is what you envision when you think of castles. Well maintained and well displayed museum takes you through the history of the place. Great shopping, restaurants and strolling. You can easily spend an entire day here and not have seen everything. Great experience dispite the crowds.
  • Excellent place for tourists. Well worth coming to see the castle city and the city outside. It takes a while to get to know the streets inside the castle walls. Done nice shops. Quite a few restaurants. Most places have English and Spanish translations.
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