The Fortified City of Carcassonne: A UNESCO World Heritage Site In France; World Atlas


France – Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

A medieval citadel located in the French city of Carcassonne, the Cité de Carcassonne is a French historical treasure and World Heritage Site.

6. Location

The Cité de Carcassonne is a historic fortified city that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, in the city of Carcassonne. This citadel sits upon a hill in the southeastern area of Carcassonne and overlooks the Aude river.

5. History

The Cité de Carcassonne first began to take shape in 333 AD when Roman forces built walls around the pre-existing settlement. These walls were held in place by between 34 and 40 towers that stood at approximately 46 feet in height. Sections of the wall extended between these towers for anywhere from 60 to 98 feet in length. At this time, the city had four principal entrances.

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