Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Vist to Carcassonne

Carcassonnne is in SW France near the Spanish border. In the mid 19th century it's degredation as a stone quarry for teh new town below was stopped & a restoration program started that took 50 years.

The fortifications were started by the Romans & added to over many years up to about 1500.

The restoration has tried to restore the 14th century version. Some of the work is historically suss - in particular the conical roofs are typical of northern France, not the south -but the overall result is magnificent. In the long distance pic it literally looks unreal, but that's exactly how it looks.

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