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Fortified City of Carcassonne
Fortified City of Carcassonne
Author: Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)




Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne of Cité de Carcasonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in France France. The area was first settled around 3500 BC. It became a Roman fort around 100 BC.

Today Carcassonne stands as an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town. It has massive defences encircling its buildings and streets. Also located within Carcassonne is its Gothic cathedral. Carcassonne plays a significant part in the history of conservation due to the lengthy restoration campaign undertaken by Viollet-le-Duc, one of the founders of modern conservation science, who worked on the city from 1853 until his death in 1879.

Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 21st session of the World Heritage Committee in Naples, Italy, on 1-6 December, 1997.

Photos of Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

Entrance to Carcassonne
Entrance to Carcassonne
Author: Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

Inside Carcassonne
Inside Carcassonne
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 43 12 38 E 2 21 32
Inscription Year: 1997
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV

Location Map of Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

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Visiting Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

You can reach Carcassonne by taking the high-speed TGV train from Lille, Brussels, Dijon, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse.


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