Saturday, 19 October 2013

A Walk Around The Medieval Walls of Carcassonne

The ancient city of Carcassonne is famous for having some of the most impressive walls in Europe. Fully restored in the 1850s, the original hilltop fort dates back to the Roman republic, and is now a UNESCO world heritage site.

You can walk around the outer ramparts for free, at any time; we did the full circuit twice, once in the rain and then again the next day when the sun came out. There is a charge to visit the inner castle, but it's well worth the money as there's loads to explore, and we learnt a lot more about the history of the city.

A view of Carcassonne from the river

The outer walls

A flock of birds circles one of the restored towers

A view across the rooftops

Three Roman towers survive from the original fortifications

The Roman brickwork has a very distinctive geometry

The wall walk takes a path through many of the towers

Two of the later towers

One of the walkways within the castle

The main courtyard within the castle

Information boards throughout the castle explain about the growth and restoration of the fortress (in French, English, and Spanish)

A view along the walls

Painted walls in the chapel

Traditional French roof tiles

A view from within the castle

Looking out over the town

A rainy day


Tabor said...

Wowie. What an interesting place to visit. You captured my interest.

lee aldrich said...

Incredible shots! Love the color and texture in the roof tiles. Thank you for sharing! What camera did you use to shoot these? The really are fabulous.

Angie Schneider said...

wow Breathtakingly beautiful!

Jenny Woolf said...

Wonderful Carcassonne photos Rachel. I was going there in June but illness got in the way, so your pics make up for it a bit. Love your recipes page. I will bookmark it.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

What a stunning place!

Gloria Baker said...

Love these absolutely! what wonderful and georgeous pictures Rachel!xo

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful place! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us.



"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Entertainment for the soul and the eye. Thanks for the gorgeous pics. Really beautiful!

Louise@FitRadiance said...

Beautiful! I love visiting castles. This one looks just stunning. Great pics!

Rachel said...

What a great selection of tower designs - an architect's pattern book!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

I love this! What a terrific place to visit and I love the idea of walking around the ramparts and looking down on everything.

christine said...

I strongly suspect that the rain didn't impair your enjoyemnt of your time there very much, such wonderful, atmospheric photos:) xx

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