Medieval City of Carcassonne Walking Tour (Self Guided), Carcassonne

The Medieval City of Carcassonne is a breathtaking place with a lot of interesting spots to appreciate. It offers some great museums, beautiful, sunny squares, shops and cafes, and especially noteworthy is its old, historic town atmosphere. Take this tour in order to discover its mysteries.
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Guide Name: Medieval City of Carcassonne Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Carcassonne (See other walking tours in Carcassonne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Porte de l'Aude
  • Basilique Saint-Nazaire
  • Théâtre Jean Deschamps
  • Musée de l'Ecole
  • Buste de Jean-Pierre Cros-Mayrevieille
  • Château Comtal
  • Grand Puits
  • Musée de la Torture
  • Porte Narbonnaise
Porte de l'Aude

1) Porte de l'Aude

To the west, Porte de l'Aude is the path that connects the Medieval city of Carcassonne to the lower town, on the other side of the course of the Aude. Situated not far from the Château Comtal, it is established in the slightly steep point of the city's hill, accessible by a ramp winding along the slope. The door has a historical significance and represents the beginning of the great trip along the city.
Basilique Saint-Nazaire

2) Basilique Saint-Nazaire (must see)

The Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse (Basilique Saint-Nazaire-et-Saint-Celse de Carcassonne), is a basilica minor in Carcassonne, southern France, listed as a national monument of the country. It was formerly the cathedral of Carcassonne until 1801, when it was replaced by the present Carcassonne Cathedral.

The present church is in origin a Romanesque of the 11th century, consecrated by Pope Urban II in 1096. It was built on the site of a Carolingian cathedral, of which no traces now remain. The crypt too, despite its ancient appearance, dates from the new construction. The church was enlarged between 1269 and 1330 in the Gothic style then predominant in France, largely at the expense of the Bishop of Carcassonne, Pierre de Rochefort. The exterior was largely renewed by Viollet-le-Duc, while the interior has largely remained the Gothic original.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Théâtre Jean Deschamps

3) Théâtre Jean Deschamps (must see)

Théâtre Jean Deschamps was created in 1908 under the initiative of Jean Sempe, member of the Society of Arts and Sciences. The first performance played here was a great success, encouraging later changes in the architectural project and the development of the theatre. During the following years, numerous shows, namely tragedies, comedies and operas were given in this unique place, gathering a large number of visitors.
Musée de l'Ecole

4) Musée de l'Ecole (must see)

In 1980, Francis Loubes began to gather and restore furniture and different objects from municipal schools, a hobby that quickly became a passion so overwhelming that the opening of a museum was necessary. Also helped by the municipality, he moved into the old school of the city and created the Association of the School Museum. In five rooms of the Museum there are materials, furniture, documents and animations used in schools from 1880 to 1960, the period extending from the Third to the Fifth Republic.
Buste de Jean-Pierre Cros-Mayrevieille

5) Buste de Jean-Pierre Cros-Mayrevieille

The original monument to Jean-Pierre Cros-Mayrevieille was inaugurated in the Castle's Square in 1910. He was a French historian and journalist, and a very important personality in the safety of the Medieval city of Carcassonne, donating big amounts of money for the restoration of the city. During the German occupation the bust was melted, so the one that stands today was inaugurated on February 1, 1989 by the municipality Chésa.
Château Comtal

6) Château Comtal (must see)

This amazing castle was built in 1150 by Bernard Aton on the remains of a Gallo-Roman building. Originally, it consisted of two main buildings as well as the watch Tower of Pinte, over 30 meters high. Later the French enlarged and surrounded the castle, strengthening it into a fortress within the fortress. The building served successively as a stately home, the home of the King of France, military space and a prison before becoming a lapidary museum, which houses a beautiful collection of statues, sarcophagi and other artifacts found in the region, dating from antiquity and the Middle Ages.
Grand Puits

7) Grand Puits

Grand Puits or Big Wells is situated on one of the ancient sites in Carcassonne, Place du Grand Puits. It is the oldest of the 22 wells identified in the city, with a depth of about 40 meters and a diameter of 3.70 meters. Its columns and ironwork are made in Renaissance style. Still, it gave birth to many legends and fabulous stories. Having been haunted by spirits, this place was always fascinating, and even today, approaching passers-by bend gently over the edge, attracted by an irresistible curiosity, not knowing what they will discover.
Musée de la Torture

8) Musée de la Torture (must see)

Musée de la torture presents the Inquisition, its history and the instruments of torture used until the French Revolution. These instruments are met in a realistic situation with models, and offers moving views to visitors. It was created with the goal of denouncing injustice and abuses of the past, namely everything that could disturb the omnipotence of the Church, heretics, devil worshipers and even witches. This exhibition shows where intolerance, fanaticism and human barbarism can lead.
Porte Narbonnaise

9) Porte Narbonnaise (must see)

La porte Narbonnaise opening on the eastern flank of the Medieval city is a complex structure combining the various elements of the military devices, prestige and comfort. It dates from the building of the second wall, at the end of the thirteenth century. By entering this eastern door, one first crosses the barbican St. Louis, providing advanced protection of the door. Even if one can question its usefulness, porte Narbonnaise is more than imposing, with its two tall towers pierced with loopholes that bar the way.

Walking Tours in Carcassonne, France

Create Your Own Walk in Carcassonne

Create Your Own Walk in Carcassonne

Creating your own self-guided walk in Carcassonne is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Carcassonne is remarkable for its impressive churches and cathedrals. The majority of them were built in Gothic Languedoc style and are noteworthy given their stained glass windows, large choirs and interesting architectural elements. Take this tour and discover them all.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Carcassonne Introduction Walk

Carcassonne Introduction Walk

Perched atop a hill in Southern France's region of Languedoc, the town of Carcassonne is noted primarily for its medieval citadel, La Cité, surrounded with numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. Another key local attraction is a 12th-century Château Comtal, situated within the Cité, replete with archaeological findings and inner ramparts. To explore these and other historic...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Historical Sights of Carcassonne

Historical Sights of Carcassonne

The rich history of Carcassonne has left marks on the appearance of the city. Important vestiges of the fortified walls which had the role to protect the town from invasions are kept until now, as well as valuable buildings and gardens that can all be discovered in this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Carcassonne City Landmarks

Carcassonne City Landmarks

Carcassonne is a very beautiful and interesting city, with many sights that highlight its rich history and culture. Each of them has its own meaning and evokes a certain period of time and certain events. Take this self-guided tour in order to feel a part of the history.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles