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10 Powerful Reasons to Visit Carcassonne, France

Akshay Kulkarni Sep 21, 2019
Here's why you should visit Carcassonne, a historic French city which inspired beautiful poems, a bestselling novel, a TV show, and even a board game.

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The sheer beauty and ancient feel of this place will take you back to the medieval times. It's no wonder that renowned author Kate Mosse chose this city as the setting of her novel, Labyrinth.

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Carccassonne's most precious jewel; Cité de Carcassonne is the biggest walled citadel in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the citadel, taking an audio tour of the majestic Chateau Comtal will furnish your knowledge on French history and witnessing its magnificent architecture will leave you in awe.
While visiting the Chateau Comtal, a statue of Lady Carcas will greet you. According to legends, the city of Carcassonne is named after her.
As you get inside the imposing Basilique Saint Nazaire, you'll be treated with the breathtaking stained glass and its tranquil atmosphere, that will help you to be at peace.

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You'll be mesmerized by the enchanting vistas of the city and the graceful Aude river, from Pont Vieux, a lovely bridge built in the 14th century.
The Bastide St. Louis or the old town of Carcassonne lies on the other side of Pont Vieux. Its charming cobbled streets and splendid medieval buildings are just what you wished for in a perfect European retreat.
If you still have the stomach for one more church, then don't miss out on the St. Michael's Cathedral or Carcassonne Cathedral. This striking cathedral is marked as a national monument.
Just a short walk away from the cathedral, you can take a relaxing boat ride in the scenic Canal du Midi, a systematically designed canal which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Listen to the French poet Gustave Nadaud's words who deeply regrets not visiting this city, and book your tickets to Carcassonne now.
I’m growing old, I’ve sixty years;
I’ve labored all my life in vain:
In all that time of hopes and fears
I’ve failed my dearest wish to gain.
I see full well that here below
Bliss unalloyed there is for none.
My prayer will ne’er fulfilment know
I never have seen Carcassonne,
I never have seen Carcassonne!