Château Comtal and remparts in Carcassonne
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Château comtal in Carcassonne tours and tickets

Carcassonne was the seat of power of the Counts of Carcassonne, and then of the famous Trencavel family in the 12th century. Following the Albigensian...

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While you're in Toulouse, why not seize the opportunity to visit also it's beautiful surroundings? Carcassonne is a great option, it's a bea...

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During this private visit to Carcassonne, you will discover a spectacular medieval fortified city. T...

The inside story

Carcassonne was the seat of power of the Counts of Carcassonne, and then of the famous Trencavel family in the 12th century. Following the Albigensian Crusade (1209-1229), when the Royal forces seized Carcassonne, accusing it of complicity with the Cathars, it became a Royal fortress governed by a seneschal.

In the 19th century, the city was on the verge of demolition and was used as a stone quarry. For over 50 years (1853-1911), Viollet-le-Duc and his successor Paul Boeswillwald gave it back its medieval appearance, destroying the secondary constructions between the outer walls, using grey roofing stone for the towers, and restoring the décors and hoardings. In the 1960s, the Gallo-Roman towers were topped with tiles.

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