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As Charlemagne's army began its retreat after a seven-year siege on the city of Carcassonne, it is said that lady Carcas called from the city walls and caused one of Charlemagne's entourage to say: "Sire, Carcas te sonne" ("Sire, Carcas calls to you.") - it is in this manner that Carcassonne was named.

This Medieval city is perched atop a large rock formation, is surrounded by 3km of ramparts, and boasts 40 watchtowers, two monumental gateways, a number of barbicans, a château with its labyrinth of passages. Carcassonne remains the most formidable fortified urban structure in all of ...Read more