Cruising The Wonderful Canal du Midi In Carcassonne France
By MaranMaran2525. Friday, February 3, 2012 7:09:59 AM
Carcassonne France. This is a tale of two cities in the Languedoc – Carcassonne (the walled city on a rocky outcrop) and ….. Carcassonne (the modern city). Actually, they count as one, despite the fact they are clearly separate entities.
The fortified city – Cite de Carcassonne – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a double ring of massive ramparts with 53 towers. Medieval walls are built on Roman foundation, emphazing the importance of Carcassonne France in historical times, standing as it does in a gap between the Massif Central and the Pyrenees, where two roads cross (Atlantic to Mediterranean, Massif Central to Spain). It became an important trading centre that changed hands frequently by marriage or force of arms.
The UNESCO citation recognize pioneering conservation work done in the 19th-century by architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc. The old city was scheduled for demolition, but saved after a local campaign and restored over many years, not altogether authentically. Even so, the effect is stunning. Only a few hundred people live there now, many of them traditional craftpeople. Just walk around, enjoying the walls, towers, 12th-century castle, Cathedral (Basilica-Saint-Nazarius, begun in the 11th-century) and ancient streets.
The lower city (Ville Basse) across the River Aude was founded by King Louis IX in 1247, after Carcassonne submitted to French rule. This medieval city grew rich on the manufacture of shoes and textiles, declined in the 17th century and nowadays thrives on tourism – three million visitors arrive to see the old city each year, supplemented by those cruising the wonderful Canal du Midi (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Medieval heart of modern Carcassonne France (Bastide Saint-Louise) is itself a delightful enclave centered on Place Carnot with its Fountains of Neptune (1770) and traditional market.
Population Of Carcassonne France
When To Go To Carcassonne France
July, for the Cite Festival, With performances held in the extraordinary open-air theater in the old city.
Don’t Miss To Visit This Place In Carcassonne France
*Jacobins’ Gate – built on the site of one of the lower town’s four 13th-century gates in 1779.
*The Memorial House, an ancient merchant establishment where poet Joe Bousquet lived – he was wounded and paralysed in 1918, and his house is now a museum and cultural centre.
*At Vincent’s Church, begun in the 13th Century – a fine example of ‘Languedoc Gothic’ architecture with a rich interior.
*The harbor area on Canal du Midi – the original canal ran just outside the town, but was brought into Carcassonne between 1787 and 1810.
*The Andre Chenier Garden, created in the 1820s around a memorial to executed King Louis XVI following the restoration of the French monarchy. St Michael’s Cathedral, begun in the 13th century, updated in the 17th century, restorated in 19th century – and still impressive.
You Should Know About Carcassonne France
St gimer’s Church is one of only three ever built by architect Viollet-le-Duc, who restored the old City.