"Visit the Gallo-Roman Towers and Lower Lists (F)" Ramparts - Defences Tip by hquittner

Ramparts - Defences, Carcassonne: 20 reviews and 61 photos

  Roman Brick & Stonework
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  • Roman Brick & Stonework - Carcassonne
      Roman Brick & Stonework
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  • Tresau Tower (lt) & Constable Tower (rt) - Carcassonne
      Tresau Tower (lt) & Constable Tower (rt)
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  • Constable, du Vieulas & Marquiere Towers - Carcassonne
      Constable, du Vieulas & Marquiere Towers
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  • Rodez Gate (lt) & Samson & Avar Towers - Carcassonne
      Rodez Gate (lt) & Samson & Avar Towers
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  • The Remade Rodez Gate - Carcassonne
      The Remade Rodez Gate
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North beyond the Narbonne Gate is the Tour de Tresau (Treasury), apowerful defensive building. At this point heading Northwest the Lices open wide again (the Lower Lists). The succeeding 6 towers of the inner wall have their origins in the 4C and show Roman influences in the brick and stonework. After the tird of these towers is the Rodez Gate, a 13C replacement of a Roman one. The walls here are lower than the others by 2-3 meters and the towers are closer together. This was dictated by the terrain and the simpler technology of that time with shorter effective ranges of the defensive bows and catapults. Most of the towers here have flat roofs. (The conical roofs elsewhere are due to a technical-historical error and conceit of Viollet-le-Duc the restorer who used Northen European conical roofs).

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  • Written Sep 18, 2009
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