Carcassonne in southern France is divided into the fortified Cité de Carcassonne and a larger lower city, the ville basse. The fortified city was founded by the Romans, and in the 13th century it was a French frontier fortress with double surrounding walls and 52 towers.
In the 19th century the French Government planned to demolish the fortifications which had fallen into disrepair. A campaign involving among others Prosper Mérimée, the author of the story on which the opera Carmen is based, opposed the demolition. As a result, the fortified city was restored in 1853 as an historical monument by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.
This movie was made from stills taken with my Panasonic ZS30 camera on a visit in June 2013.
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