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The area around Carcassonne has been been the site of settlements since the 8th century B.C. and  later was settled by the Romans. The beginnings of the present day walled fortifications began in earnest around the 13th century.  Carcassonne prospered over the next few centuries, but politics and religion intermixed and led to the decline of the city and the region after the 17th century.


Extensively refurbished in the 19th Century, Carcassonne is impressive and definitely provides a medieval ambiance.






If you want to see a spectacular, mostly authentic French castle, Carcassonne is the one to see.

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Carcassonne is located in southern France, near the country's border with Spain.  It is southwest of Toulouse on the A-61 (Autoroute - toll).

Walls within walls protected the central castle in this Medieval example of the use of "belts and suspenders", sometimes called "just in case" engineering.

Carcassonne, specifically the Count's Castle, is open daily except January 1, May 1, November 1 and 11, and December 25.  Hours of operation are 09:30 to 17:00 in winter and later in summer months.

Visit the walled town of Carcassonne's website  for more information. 

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