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About La Cité

A town has occupied this site since the iron age. The Romans followed then the powerful Counts of Trencavel in the 11th century. Fortifications were added during the Albigensian crusades when it fell to Simon de Montfort and was annexed to the royal estate. As a stronghold it played an important part in the defence of the border when Roussillon was fought over by France and Spain. The Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659 brought its strategic importance to an end. What the visitor sees today is a result of restoration by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century. There are two sets of walls and 52 towers, 3km of ramparts in all. The cité is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Access to the cité is free and open all year. To visit the inner castle and the rampart walkways an entrance fee is chargeable and there are guided tours: see the website for details. Also available are a tourist train and horse-drawn carriages which offer sightseeing tours. Both have multi-lingual commentaries.

Contact

La Cité, 11890, Carcassonne, France
Telephone: +33(4)68102430 | Fax: +33(4)68102438 | Official Homepage

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