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Old June 5th, 2006, 06:59 PM   #1
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Carcassonne, Historic Fortified City in France

Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral. Carcassonne is also of exceptional importance because of the lengthy restoration campaign undertaken by Viollet-le-Duc, one of the founders of the modern science of conservation. The fortress was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.


























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Old June 5th, 2006, 07:42 PM   #2
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Carcassonne is beautiful : when I was a child, it used to frighten me when we came back home from the Mediterranean. However, the setting is so-so : it's very hot and semi-desertic. It's grandiose yet suffocating. And to be honest, one must say that Carcassonne is mainly a XIXth century reconstruction hence its Disneyland feeling.

http://mescladis.free.fr/restaurations.htm

http://www.carcassonne.culture.fr/cu...e/fr/rt401.htm
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Carcassonne is beautiful : when I was a child, it used to frighten me when we came back home from the Mediterranean. However, the setting is so-so : it's very hot and semi-desertic. It's grandiose yet suffocating. And to be honest, one must say that Carcassonne is mainly a XIXth century reconstruction hence its Disneyland feeling.

http://mescladis.free.fr/restaurations.htm

http://www.carcassonne.culture.fr/cu...e/fr/rt401.htm
and still I miss it right now!
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Beautiful! I was there 5 years ago. The city is very lovely but if you enter once the old town you are just surrounded by thousands of tourists and people who want you to sell something...
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