The Lapidary Museum is situated inside the Count's Castle, in the Cité of Carcassonne (France). Since the year 1927 local archaeological materials have been on exhibition, from Roman to Gothic to Romanesque. One can also find artifacts on the history of the city and of the restoration carried out by Viollet-le-Duc. It is a perfect complement to finishing a visit to the Castle and Condal Cité of Carcassonne. It is worth it to stop and admire its statues, tombstones, and frescos ... not to mention the lovely views of the city from its big windows.
Anyone visiting the medieval city of Carcassonne (Carcassonne), can´t forget to take a walk along the wall at dusk, down the river to contemplate it in its entirety. At night, the walled city is deserted, but it's worth staying up late to watch the lit-up wall.
The Cathedral of Saint-Nazaire and Saint-Celsus was first mentioned in 925 and was blessed by Pope Urban II in 1096. It was built in Romanesque style between 1269 and 1230. A Gothic style cross, which expanded the size of the previous building, and made it the widest in southern France. In 1801, it lost its status as cathedral when it was replaced by the Church of Saint-Michel, at its hem. It was designated a minor Basilica by Pope Leo XIII in 1898 and rebuilt by Viollet le Duc. Among the architectural designs and more interesting objects to see, there is the 12th century Romanesque portal, its nave and Roman vaults from the 11th and 12th centuries. Both the cruise and the Gothic Choir (12th-14th centuries) and the stained glass windows from the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th centuries are the most wonderful in the region. There is also a stone from the 13th century, which was supposedly used as a chair by Simon de Monfort (head of the 13th century Anglo-Norman crusades that massacred all the city's inhabitants), and a large amount of Gothic statues. The tomb of Bishop Pierre de Rochefort (14th century) and the organs of Crespin Verniole from the 17th century, one of the oldest in the French Midi, are also held there. We were "delighted" when we left. I kept photographing while the amazement of what we saw and what lived here never stopped.
The Porte d'Aude (formerly the Toulouse door) was opened in the twelfth century. It goes towards the Aude river, on the west side of the wall through one of the most rugged areas, where fortified access was more difficult. A long trail leads from the river to the first archway and although there isn't a door nor moat and drawbridge, it wasn't at all easy to get into the city. The road is full of curves and is defended from various doors where archers could stand.
The main entrance to the city, double walled, is through this gate, between imposing towers. It is the prelude to one of the loveliest and most amazing sites in Europe. It is a work associated with many military devices: The 2 towers are reinforced by peaks shots by the assailants, and are linked and that is where the entrance is, protected by a double rake. This device comes with a hollow defense launch stones located in the passage and pockets to ensure front and vertical shots of the archers.
In the city of Carcassonne, there is a path parallel to the shore, a paradise of flora and fauna. You can travel on foot or by bicycle direction Trebes or Castelnaudary. It is a walk that is very pleasant, quiet and romantic. I performed the walk on foot to Trebes. You can start the tour at the height of the train station in the lower part of the town. If you opt to go to Trebes, you will have to leave the station on the left and vice versa if you want to get to Castelnaudary. The Canal locks allow ships to avoid the unevenness of the ground. It is a way for everyone, to discover the Canal and it is very health.
I'm not a religious person, but when I travel there are 2 places that I never miss, cathedrals and cemeteries. This picture was taken inside the cathedral of Carcassonne which provides fantastic light for loves of photography.
Looking for things to see in Carcassonne? Well, almost everyone who has visited the city will have the same answer and tell you that of all the places to visit in Carcassonne, the Citadel must be top of your list. This fortified city, noted for its ramparts and battlements, transports the visitor to a distant, long-gone era. As you stroll around it, you'll forget that you're living in the 21st century!
And you don't even have to leave the Citadel to discover what do in Carcassone. Within its walls you'll find the Count's Castle and the cathedral, other things to do in Carcassonne with a great historical legacy.
Leaving the Citadel, you'll find even more stuff to do in Carcassone. The Royal Canal of Languedoc, a navigable canal to the Mediterranean, is the oldest in Europe that is still operational. You can take a ride on one of the many tourist boats that are in Carcassonne, taking you from the city to the mouth of the sea.
This ancient city is divided into two sectors: the fortified city and the lower city. While most of the attractions in Carcassone are found around the Citadel, you there are also things to do in the lower city, like shopping at the Neptune Fountain market. And don't forget to make a visit to the extensive vineyards and their cellars where whites, reds, and rosés are made for worldwide distribution. For more Carcassone attractions and Carcassone activities, check out what minube's users have to say!