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Carcassonne is one of the most visited cities in France. The tourist draw is the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site of Carcassonne Castle, one of the largest restored castles in France and a must see top travel destination. When first viewed resting on its sprawling perch above Carcassonne city, it looks straight out of a fairy tale. Inside, the castle is full of tourist shops and restaurants, but there are still perhaps a hundred permanent residents. Below the castle is the city of Carcassonne, which has little to bring it acclaim. These photos of Carcassonne Castle can be seen below or by viewing the Slideshow below. A compilation of European castle photos can be seen here. Everything TheWorldinLight has to offer can be seen at Destinations and Topics.


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photo of the Carcassonne Castle
Carcassonne Castle #6633
Carcassonne Castle dates back to medieval times.

photo of the Carcassonne Castle wall
Carcassonne Castle Wall #6637
The castle is also known as the Cite de Carcassonne.

photo of the Carcassonne Castle gate
Carcassone Castle Gate #6650
The castle was restored in the mid-1800's.

photo of the inside of Carcassonne Castle
Inside Carcassonne Castle #6729
Carcassonne Castle was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.

photo of a Carcassonne Castle street
Carcassonne Castle Street #6733
Although now busy by day with many tourist shops, a walk through the Cite de Carcassonne is still like a walk back into the middle ages.

photo of a Carcassonne Castle street at night
Carcassonne Street at Night #6807
The hill upon which Carcassonne is built, was first an important trading settlement as far back as the 6th century BC.

photo of Carcassonne Castle at night
Carcassone Castle Street at Night #6869
It is at night that the castle really takes on its medieval aura.

photo inside Carcassonne Castle at night
Inside Carcassonne Castle at Night #6877
All the daytime hustle and bustle of the castle disappears at night and one is free to wander thru its narrow lanes and truly sense what life there must have been like 800 years ago.

night time photo inside Carcassonne Castle
Inside Carcassonne Castle at Night #6880
In the early 1200's, Simon de Montfort used Carcassonne as his headquarters during his war of genocide against the Albigensians.

photo inside Carcassonne Castle after dark
Inside Carcassonne Castle at Night #6885
The Romans fortified the Carcassonne hilltop in approximately 100 BC.

photo inside Carcassonne Castle
Inside Carcassonne Castle at Night #6891
Carcassonne is perfectly situated for a vacation and exploration of the many medieval villages throughout the Langedoc region of France.

photo of Carcassonne Castle walls at night
Carcassonne Castle Walls at Night #6892


photo of the Carcassonne Castle gate at night
Carcassonne Castle Gate at Night #6893


photo of the Carcassonne Castle gate
Carcassonne Castle Gate #6647


photo of the Carcassonne Castle walls
Carcassonne Castle Walls #6666


photo of the walls of Carcassonne Castle
Carcassonne Castle Walls #6750


photo of the Carcassonne Castle
Carcassonne Castle #6767


photo of the Carcassonne Castle
Carcassonne Castle #6768


photo of the Carcassonne Castle at night
Carcassonne Castle at Night #6780


night photo of the Carcassonne Castle
Carcassonne Castle at Night #6790


photo at night of the Carcassonne Castle
Carcassonne Castle at Night #6802


photo of a shop inside Carcassonne Castle
Carcassonne Shop Window #6672


photo of a Carcassonne Castle street
Carcassonne Castle Street #6671


photo of a mural Carcassonne city
Carcassonne City Mural #6751


photo of the Carcassonne Castle walls
Carcassonne Castle Walls #6644


photo of the Carcassonne Castle
Ghosts of Carcassonne #6863


photo inside Carcassonne Castle
Inside Carcassonne Castle #6735


photo inside Carcassonne Castle
Inside Carcassonne Castle #6659


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