There are many places where it is being revived as part of their past or history. Stroll through its streets, and we get lost in a trip to the past, in times where there were constant struggles over taking or defending a city, full of longing Callejas of dozens of stories of love and betrayal, of struggle for power; and in every nook, every turn in one of the corners, leaving behind little by little the real world to which we belong.
This occurs in Carcassonne (Carcassonne). It’s back to the Middle Ages the hand of its arches, its cobbled streets, its walls, its towers, looks calm, but sad for a city rooted in its past.
Belonging to the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, in France, we come to it by road through the A-61 from Narbona, from the Mediterranean coast. It is worth spending a night there, but if we do not, one of the best and closest, if it is to know the area, may be of Toulouse, to, from there to the famous route of the Cathars.
Historically divided into two, the renowned city of the Cathars was the site of two Episcopal churches opposing the Catholic Rome and the papacy Cathar who considered heretical, but a campaign which promoted the Pope Innocent III, ended with the Cathars in the town in the year 1229. The city is fortified with the second wall that still exists today.
Each year, Carcassonne, considered a World Heritage Site since 1997, is traveled by millions of tourists that flood the streets for a moment and feel the walls between medieval knights. And so, with that strange feeling, the journey begins…
The entrance is the classic Barbican St. Louis, in whose front is the bust of the channel, the Saracen princess who defended the city against Charlemagne. Like any medieval castle, was opened at our feet a moat, now dry course before entering into the fortification Narbonesa door. So we started our callejeo the city. The major purchases that can be performed as lavender or chocolate, can perform on the first street:’s street-Cros Mayreville, which crosses the city to reach the cathedral and castle. Held in the La Placita memory that we will, because it is great for some terraces, in good weather, enjoy a good wine and a good stew, but we must move forward, and without deviating from the path, while we caught up as an all around us, we arrive at the great cathedral of Gothic style. It is advisable to upload your tower, because from there, get some excellent photos of the city. And in front of the cathedral, theater Deschamps, outdoors, a sort of theater. Continue along Calle San Luis, another of the tourist, then leads us to the cathedral to the castle Comtal, an immense fortress which stands dominated, within the walled enclosure, which dates from the twelfth century. Then we come to another square, the Plaza of the Great puits, where as in the above, there are numerous restaurants to enjoy great French cuisine.
Finally, we have the typical ride, the route that will leave us better taste in the mouth, and we carry definitely a lot centuries ago: the Paseo de las Lizaso, a relaxing way which, in between the two walls The internal and external, leads us around the fortified city, while admiring many of the 52 towers of the great wall that consists of almost three kilometers long.
Be sure to stroll among the many posts that are assembled craft in the city, because that is part of one of the characteristics that make us feel like we were in another era
Nor should we miss the opportunity to sit quietly to eat something in one of their seats, preferably, which is perhaps his most typical dish: the cassoulet, a traditional stew made with beans and white meat.
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