La cité de Carcassonne is one of the most visited sights of France, so, if you happen to be a fan of everything medieval, Carcassonne is something you should see at least once in your life (better more than one). Why? Because it’s the biggest medieval town of Europe. Actually, it’s massive!
Originally built by romans, the fortress continued being expanded then destroyed, then rebuilt by various conquerors. Each of them added a touch of their architectural style, which made Carcassonne look a bit like a patchwork blanket. However, only historians can really notice it. :)
A curious fact – Carcassonne was reconstructed in the XIX century (though not frankly following its original plan) by certain Viollet-le-Duc, who actually started the whole movement of historical buildings preservation. So we should be grateful that this tremendous fortress wasn’t dismantled for free bricks (like Coliseum partially was).
Take a long day to explore the old town of Carcassonne, if there is an occasion – check the dates of medieval festivals and you’ll be able to assist to real knight jousting!
But the best day to visit Carcassonne is still the 14th of July, due to the fantastic fireworks for the Bastille Day. It’s still on our “to-do list”. (Thanks, Marc, for the picture)