Carcassonne France, Medieval Jewel in the Southwest of France
How much do you know about Carcassonne? Are you thinking about going to see it for yourself? I have to encourage that because what a place and what a story!
But be warned: it’s a touristy place. If you go without any preparation, you might be there with bus-loads of other visitors. Listen to this episode where we share all the secrets to a great visit to Carcassonne.
Let’s start with this fact: Carcassonne France is the largest intact medieval walled city in all of Western Europe. It is like walking into a medieval dream. And because it is so stunning visually, it attracts a lot of visitors.
Are terrible crowds in Carcassonne a fatality? No. Choose your day and if you can’t choose the day, at least choose your time. The crowds are only there for a few hours a day.
And, whatever you do, listen to the story of the Cathars and how Raymond Roger Trencavel became a local hero fighting a cruel northerner named Simon de Montfort.The story will make the city come to life for you!
In this episode we also explain how the Walled City fell into disrepair and would have been dismantled were it not for the efforts of Prosper Mérimée and Viollet-le-Duc.
Are you ready for a world-famous local specialty? How about some local wines? It is all in this episode on Carcassonne France.
And if you’re in France with children, we can guarantee that it will awake their imagination and they will want to play knight and damsel. Nothing says that adults can’t do the same.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: the walled city of Carcassonne is a UNESCO world heritage site, because there are few places in the world where old stones and history collide so beautifully.
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What is Carcassonne?
How big is it?
Where Is Carcassonne?
Carcassonne France today, the climate and industry of the modern city
Hôtel de la Cité in Carcassonne
The Count of Toulouse
The Cathar Religion Takes Root in Occitania
What Is the Cathar Religion?
The Cathar Consolamentum
Aristocratic Women and the Cathar Movement
Cathar Geographical Expansion
Simon de Montfort, the Vilain
The Crussade Against the Cathars
No Water within the Walls
Trencavel, the Hero
Carcassonne After the Cathars
Carcassonne Gets a Second Set of Ramparts
The “Lice” in Carcassonne (FYI, nothing to do with head lice!)
Carcassonne Becomes Part of the Kingdom of France
Carcassonne the Impregnable City
The new city of Carcassonne
The Walled City Falls to Ruins
Prosper Mérimée and Viollet-le-Duc Save Carcassonne
1850 Renovations of Carcassonne
Back to the Hotel de la Cité
Tips on the Best Way to Visit the Cité de Carcassonne
Entrance to the Medieval City of Carcassonne Is Free