Discover the visually stunning and historical site of the Citadel of Carcassonne this summer.
Every summer doors open for business in the Cité de Carcassonne. Enclosed within its medieval fortress walls, tourists will discover the many restaurants, bars and shops selling ornaments and souvenirs that tell the story of the Cité de Carcassonne.
The fortress which was originally restored in 1853 by the French architect Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc as celebrated on the Google homepage on 27th January 2014.
The city of Carcassonne today covers an area of approximately 65 km². It's population has grown from approximately 10,400 in the year 1793 to over 47,000 in 2008.
A graph showing the population growth of the city of Carcassonne
The intact fortified wall of the Cité is the largest of its kind in Europe and dates back to between the 11th and 12th century with its roots dating back further to pre-Roman times. The Cité became an official UNESCO world Heritage Site in 1997.
Its fortified structure today consists of 52 grey coloured slate turrets. Its inner church combines a Romanesque nave with barrel vaulting and a grand stained-glass East window. The Cité with its circumference of 3 km is walked every year by thousands of tourists who admire both its fortress structure and look down upon the old city of Carcassonne (Ville Basse) and the surrounding Languedoc countryside.
At the heart of the Cité, streets are packed with restaurants and bars, serving lunchtime and evening meals.
Restaurants in the Citadel of Carcassonne
Take a walk into the past and explore times gone-by.
Medieval streets of the Cité of Carcassonne
The main access to the Cité is via Porte Narbonnaise. Tourists can enter by foot or are transported by bus through the narrow streets if staying as a guest at the Cité Hotel.
The Porte Narbonnaise entrance to the Cité of Carcassonne
The Citadel of Carcassonne's interior walls at night