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The Cité de Carcassonne, wonder of Languedoc, one of the largest fortified medieval town of Europe and capitale of the département de l'Aude. Located on the Aude river in an important trade route between Mediterranea and the valley of the Garronne, Carcassonne was already settled in neolithic era.
 The first walls in the north were built at the Roman era, when the town become more important, then Visigoths, Franks and Saracens succeed to conquer Carcassone until it was released by Pépin le Bref (king of the Franks 714-768).

 A legend said that the town was ruled once by Lady Carcas, when Charlemagne's army were at the gates of the town to freed it. After a long siege, and because the town didn't have anymore a lot of rations, she decide to throw a pig from the highest tower of the walls.
Believing that the city have enough food to resist to the siege to the point to wasting pigs, Charlemagne lifted the siege.
Enjoyed by the end of the siege, Lady Carcas chose to sound all the bells of the city, that's why it was called "Carcas sonne" (Carcas sounds).
 Note : it's not the true etymology of the town of course.

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 La Cité de Carcassonne, merveille du Languedoc, chef-lieu du département de l'Aude, est l'une des plus larges, si ce n'est la plus large forteresse médiévale d'Europe. Située sur la rive droite de l'Aude, sur le tracès d'une route commerciale majeure entre la Méditerranée, la Vallée de la Garonne et les Pyrénées, Carcassonne était déjà habitée à l'époque néolithique.
 Les premières pierres des murailles nord furent d'ailleurs posés à l'ère romaine, lorsque la ville commença à prendre de l'importance, avant d'être occupée successivement par les Wisigoths, les Francs, les Andalous, pour être ensuite libérée par Pépin le Bref (Roi des Francs de 714 à 768).

 Une légende locale conte que la cité était jadis dirigée par Dame Carcas, alors que les armées de Charlemagne assiégeaient les portes de la cité. Après un long siège de près de cinq ans, et alors que les vivres tendaient à se raréfier, Dame Carcas eut l'idée de nourrir un porc et de le lâcher du haut des murailles de la cité, afin de faire croire aux assaillants que la ville avait encore tellement de réserves alimentaires, qu'elle pouvait se permettre d'humilier les assaillants en les bombardant d'un énorme porcin.
 Le stratagème fonctionna, et Charlemagne décida d'abandonner le siège. Folle de joie devant la vue des armées franques repliant bagage, Dame Carcas décida de faire sonner l'ensemble des cloches de la cité, ce à quoi Charlemagne s'exclama : "Carcas sonne !".
 Évidemment il ne s'agit pas de la véritable étymologie de la cité.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
Another wonderful shot - I would love to visit this area again and spent more time visiting various Cathar castles... thank you for sharing - this is a beautiful part of the world with amazing history - cheers!
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Scipia Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
 Indeed, the "Cathar" castles are very interesting from an historical point of view. It's one of our more interesting border :) I even find an old medieval boundary marker between Kingdoms of France & Aragon near Latour-de-France. I lost some hours to find it, but I was glad when I discover it.

 However to be fair I would've prefer they chose a more historical name to design them, because they aren't really cathar. But, well, I guess marketing is more important in our modern era than historical accuracy.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
I´m glad France preserves such cool buildings :)
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Scipia Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
And there is a lot of historical buildings here :)
I'll upload new photos of Carcassonne soon, but also from other places of Languedoc & Roussillon
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
Nice and don´t worry if I don´t comment on every pic, I still look at them^^

That´s often with uploaded photos, they have tons of silent watchers.
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Scipia Featured By Owner May 22, 2017
No problem, I know it I do the same thing :)
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gratteloup Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
00003 Gal 006 Med (1) by gratteloup  Heiiin
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