La Grand Puit (The Big Well), Carcassonne

La Grand Puit (The Big Well), Carcassonne

Carcassonne has 22 wells. But the most intriguing is le Grand Puit, The big well. This is the oldest and the most mysterious. The borders of the well date from the 14th century. The columns and fittings are Renaissance.

There is a legend of hidden treasure. The Visigoths, frightened by the approach of Attila, secreted the treasure of King Solomon in the big well. From time to time someone looks in but so far no treasure. Maybe Attila got it after all. Also this begs the question, how did the Visigoths get Solomon's treasure?

The wells of Carcassonne are siege wells often found in fortified towns or fortresses. They are usually very deep and of enormous capacity. Since the wells were always within strong walls, they could not be poisoned or otherwise destroyed by an enemy. The wells were very pricey to install. The cost could rival the cost of the castle.

The oldest well in Carcassonne is 131 feet deep. The mouth of the well measures 13 feet across. With all the tales of ghosts of crusaders and Visigoths and treasure it sometimes is a temptation to look over the edge.

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La Grand Puit (The Big Well) on Map

Sight Name: La Grand Puit (The Big Well)
Sight Location: Carcassonne, France (See walking tours in Carcassonne)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Carcassonne, France

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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
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