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Cité de Carcassonne, Carcassonne
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Home to the Inquisition Tower, Cité de Carcassonne served as a headquarters for the Catholic Inquisition. It is one of the best examples of medieval fortified architecture in Europe. Here, you'll find the Musée de la Torture, which documents some of the original torture equipment used in the Inquisition. The outer fortifications of the castle and ramparts include two concentric walls with towers and barbicans to resist attacks by large siege engines. The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress, complete with a drawbridge and ditch leading to the central keep. To visit Cité de Carcassonne and get the most from your holiday in Carcassonne, create itinerary details personal to you using our Carcassonne vacation route planner.
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  • A trip back in time. All medieval movies make more sense after met this castle. Very well preserved! A perfect ride.
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  • If you love castles or medieval history, this is a great place to visit. Strolling through the restored castle and ramparts is a lot of fun. Be sure to have good walking shoes on, because you'll be cl...  more »
  • We were impressed by the splendor of the site: entry to the ramparts, the old town, or the Basilica, all is so well preserved/restored for there to imagine the life of the past. We could not visit the castle which was closed during the holiday.
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  • literally found out this place by chance. I was transferring from Belgium to Toulouse by a low cost carrier, which use carcassone airport as entrance to Toulouse. Saw this magnificent structure during approach. And decided instantly that I should pay a visit. Didn't regret at all. If you are traveling to Toulouse via carriers that use Carcassonne, you definitely don't want to miss this place.
  • This is the most impressive medieval place I've ever seen. It's a stunningly restored old walled city with a cool church inside and you can walk on the ramparts to get great views. The feel of the town is very touristy which I guess if inescapable. The major problem I have with the place is the lack of access to its history. Very few signs and no audio guide or anything so there's not really and easy way to gain in depth knowledge of the history of the building except with your smart phone.
  • Wonderful fortification. You can imagine the way of life in the middle age. Inside is a museum explaining history and the reconstruction of the site. Very touristic place. We have been there in September with a lot of space for visiting. Small restaurants are available and not too expensive. Simon Visit my website: www.noireblanc.de
  • The city retains its charm there are some less touristy places to sit and breathe. The 8.50 is worth the spend as you can spend as much time as you like walking round and the ramparts are breathtaking. Recommend doing the museum and donjon area during one half of the day then go eat in one of the fantastic restaurants then the afternoon walking the ramparts or vv. You don't have to pay twice. September was good weather and not heaving with hot sweaty bodies. ☺
  • Very impressive place. A cosy old medieval town. Top recommendation a must see.