The Artistic Walls of Carcassonne – France

Carcassonne Celebrates UNESCO Anniversary With art

Carcassonne is a medieval city in the south of France and has two sites classified by UNESCO on the list of World Heritage: the medieval city, double unice fortress in Europe, and the Canal du Midi.

The Swiss artist Ticino Felice Varin ; "eccentric concentric circles" Artistic Walls of Carcassonne
The Swiss artist Ticino Felice Varin ; “eccentric concentric circles”
Main entrance to the medieval walled city. Drawbridge”

Carcassonne is an example (one of the few remaining) of a fortified medieval city with an great defensive system that surrounds the castle and its dependencies. It also has a Gothic cathedral, a Christian Cathedral Catara and many urban buildings and streets of medieval origin. They are preserved because the area was not affected by the three wars they had with the Germans. 1870, 1914 (WWI) and 1939 (WWII).

View of the two concentric walls from a defense tower”

This year of 2018 was celebrated the 20th anniversary of the inscription of the city as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO: the Swiss artist Ticino Felice Varin was contracted to pine a work called “eccentric concentric circles”. They can be enjoyed until September 2018

 

 

Another view of the Swiss artist Ticino Felice Varin ; “eccentric concentric circles”

Defense towers on the second wall
Defense towers on the second wall

Defensive Walls of Carcassonne

The walled city of Carcassonne is composed of two concentric walls that completely surround the city. Before the first wall there is also a very deep defensive pit. Within the City there is another walled castle with a pit as the last line of defense. This castle is called castle condal

Entrance to the city. Night View
Entrance to the city. Night View
View of the defense street between the first and second walls
View of the defense street between the first and second walls
Internal view of the defense street between the first and second walls
Internal view of the defense street between the first and second walls
Panoramic view Artistic Walls of Carcassonne
Panoramic view. Artistic Walls of Carcassonne

How much does it cost to visit these walls?

The first and second walls are free. To visit El Castillo Condal you have to pay. although it is worth visiting.

Entrance to the city. Night View

 

nside the county castle. Third and last line of defense
Inside the county castle. Third and last line of defense
Double defensive wall
Double defensive wall
Entrance to the city. Night View
Main courtyard of the Condal Castle
Main courtyard of the Condal Castle
Defensive pit Towers and battlements for archers in the county castle.
Defensive pit Towers and battlements for archers in the county castle.
Night View of Carcassonne Walls
Night View of Carcassonne Walls
One of the guard and defense towers of the first perimeter
One of the guard and defense towers of the first perimeter
Several guard and defense towers of the first perimeter
Several guard and defense towers of the first perimeter

How to get to Carcassone: Any airline to London, Paris, Madrid or any European capital
From London, Paris or Madrid: Airplane to the city of Toulouse
From Toulouse: Train or by car on motorway A61 (one hour)
From Barcelona . Train AVE station Sants (two and a half hours)

 

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2 thoughts on “The Artistic Walls of Carcassonne – France

  1. I wish I could put in words that would romantically describe the feeling this city surounds you with when you go to sleep here. Nothing like it.

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