"Visit the Ramparts: Take the Guided Tour (A)" Ramparts - Defences Tip by hquittner

Ramparts - Defences, Carcassonne: 20 reviews and 61 photos

  South Palace Wall & St. Paul Tower
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  • South Palace Wall & St. Paul Tower - Carcassonne
      South Palace Wall & St. Paul Tower
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  • Justice Tower - Carcassonne
      Justice Tower
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  • Roof Supports of Justice Tower - Carcassonne
      Roof Supports of Justice Tower
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  • Romanesque CoveredGallery - Carcassonne
      Romanesque CoveredGallery
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  • A Gallery Capital - Carcassonne
      A Gallery Capital
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In 1285, when Louis Ix and the Philippe III had finished building it, the fortress stood as the frontier defense against Spain. It had 38 towers and 4 barbicans. The normal staffing was at least 20 soldiers per tower and more in the barbicans, over 1,300 men, with an equal number of support personel, plus the population. The military were quartered in the towers, each of which was named (often more than once) for efficient verbal communication. The names have minimal relationships to function, thus the Bishop?s Tower was next to the close where the Bishop?s Palace once stood and the Prison Tower was the jail. A few of the larger towers took on other functions: the Justice Tower housed the Clerk and records of the Inquisition, which held courts in another tower. Our tour first took us onto the ramparts where we could look back at the Castle and then mount into the top of the Justice tower to descend to see its interior. From it we passed through a covered Romanesque style gallery with double windows and carved capitals, which overlooks the Aude Gate.

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  • Written Sep 13, 2009
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