Carcassonne Cathedral, Carcassonne

Carcassonne Cathedral, Carcassonne (must see)

Built in the thirteenth century, the cathedral originally was a church dedicated to Saint Michael. In the fourteenth century it was so heavily damaged after a visit by the Black Prince of Wales in the Hundred Years' War it was decided to rebuild it as a fortified church.

The cathedral's interior is massive. It has a nave of eight bays with side chapels. The choir is pierced with arched stained glass windows. The ceiling is very high. There are small round stained glass windows near the top of the vault. When the sun is caught by the windows the interior acquires a soft glow.

Two side aisles on either side of the nave are supported alternatively by round and square columns. The ogival Gothic transept and vaults by Pieree de Rochefort show a distinct Scandinavian influence.

In 1803 the church was designated a cathedral to replace the pre-revolutionary cathedral dedicated to Saints Nazarius and Celsus.

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Carcassonne Cathedral on Map

Sight Name: Carcassonne Cathedral
Sight Location: Carcassonne, France (See walking tours in Carcassonne)
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Carcassonne, France

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Create Your Own Walk in Carcassonne

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Medieval City of Carcassonne Walking Tour

Medieval City of Carcassonne Walking Tour

A pig full of wheat was thrown off the battlements. The lady commanding the fortress was a Muslim. The besieging Christians knew Muslims do not eat pig. What is more, the defenders must have plenty of food if they could feed wheat to a pig and throw it over the walls. The siege had lasted five years. The attackers were starving. They left.

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Carcassonne Introduction Walking Tour

Carcassonne Introduction Walking Tour

In the time of the Muslim occupation, the chatelaine, Lady Carcas, held the city against Frankish invaders. Lady Carcas devised a ruse that made the Franks believe the city had more than enough food to survive the siege. They gave up and left. She ordered the bells to ring. A Frankish officer, hearing the bells, said "Carcas sonne" meaning "Carcas is ringing".

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles