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Carcassonne, France

From series “The Last City-Fortresses Survived to This Day”
The old French town Carcassonne was surrounded by two forts at ones. The first was built as early as in the 5th century, another after 8 centuries. Île de la Cité is the main historic district because the Medieval fortress was placed there. The first fort was built there more than 2 500 years ago. For hundreds of years it has been extended and rebuilt.

Carcassonne, France In the middle of the 19th century the architectural ensemble was half-ruined. Then it was decided to begin the rebuilt works. Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc – the famous architect – guided this restoration. In 1903, when the reconstruction was finished, the architecture complex was placed under the Ministry of Culture of France. The building was saved by a miracle during the Second World War. At that time there had placed German weapon warehouse.

In 1961 in the fortress has opened a museum. There you can see an outstanding collection of ancient items. The fortress has been being in the list of the world heritage UNESCO since 1997. The fortress is placed in a picturesque rocky place. In pre-mountain places you will also see historical monuments. One of them is the awesome Saint Michael Cathedral. It is a world known landmark thanks to its magnificent inner decoration. There you can see a lot of various ancient art items and sculptures. The most beautiful statue of Gods’ Mother is also placed there. The new district will meet travellers with a great number of magical national restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. To the beginning - York

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ATM bankomat: 'CIC' located in 0.04 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Cargo' is located in 0.29 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Station Service AVIA' in 0.57 km
Supermarket: 'La Ferme' in 0.07 km
Parking: 'Parking Gambetta' in 0.32 km
Apotheek: 'Luce Marie-Louise' in 0.04 km
Police station: 'Hôtel de Police' in 0.24 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'L'Endroit' in 0.03 km
Railway station: 'Gare de Carcassonne' in 0.56 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Salvaza Airport CCF - in 3 km
 »  Castres-Mazamet Airport DCM - in 38 km
 »  Rivesaltes Airport PGF - in 67 km
 »  Le Sequestre Airport LBI - in 80 km
 »  Beziers Cap d'Agde Airport BZR - in 82 km
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Villa Marcou

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The villa is made up of 2 bedrooms, a living room with sofa, a flat-screen TV and DVD player. There is a private bathroom, a washing machine and … More: photo, rates and booking
Villa de la Cité

Located in 1 km from Carcassonne
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Villa de la Cité is made up of 5 bedrooms and a spacious living room with bay windows. It has 2 private bathrooms with a bath and a shower and 2 … More: photo, rates and booking
Villa Rébenty

Located in 2 km from Carcassonne
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The villa is made of 4 bedrooms, a living room with TV and DVD player and a large kitchen equipped with microwave, stove and oven. There is a … More: photo, rates and booking
Les Gîtes de Sainte Croix

Located in 3 km from Carcassonne
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With a private entrance, this cottage includes a fully equipped kitchenette with a microwave, dishwasher and electric kettle. During warmer month you … More: photo, rates and booking

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During a visit to the museum, you can see an ancient electric chair, guillotine, chastity belt, garrotte (a device used to strangle a victim), and a gantry. The exhibition of this museum usually impresses visitors because it is hard to imagine that these devices were used to torture people continuously. Some installations like a press machine crushing a human skull and scold's bridles look simply scary. It is better not to bring children to this museum. They are better to explore the Haunted House while their parents are visiting the Inquisition Museum. The two venues are located close to each other.

Le Pont-Vieux is a true pride of Carcassonne. The old bridge makes it possible to get to the walls of the fortress over the Aude River. The bridge was built in the 14th century. It connected the two parts of the city for a long time. During a walk here, visitors can admire a gorgeous panorama of Carcassonne and the river. The sound of the river is calming and relaxing. The surrounding nature is attractive and picture-perfect.
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