"See a church from above!" Eglise Saint Gimer Tip by kokoryko

Eglise Saint Gimer, Carcassonne: 2 reviews and 6 photos

  St Gimer church
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  • St Gimer church - Carcassonne
      St Gimer church
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  • Inner walls - Carcassonne
      Inner walls
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  • Vineyards - Carcassonne
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  • Modern city - Carcassonne
      Modern city
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  • Another view from the walls - Carcassonne
      Another view from the walls
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It is not a big cathedral, but it is a rare view to see a church from above, and see the general shape of St Gimer church (picture 1), with its lay out as a cross, how symmetrical it is, nave, low sides, transept, the high gothic windows and the Languedocian roof (I mean the tiles, which are local, not like the slates). Despite its appearance, this church is in fact only 150 years old, built by . . . . Viollet Le Duc! Gimer who lived in the 10th century sold all his belongings and dedicated his life to the poor; he eventually became bishop and kept poor, and after his death, his small house became a pilgrimage where 850 years later this church has been built.
It takes an hour or more to walk around the Cité, and on the outer wall, on the south western side, on the high lists you have a view on the inner walls and the Languedocian landscape (picture 2), you can watch from the crenels if some Francs are approaching, hidden in the vineyards, (picture 3), look at the modern city of Carcassone (picture 4), and here and there enjoy the perspectives of the high walls above fields and gardens (picture 5).
A tour on the walls is an opportunity to have a look at the surroundings and to feel how big this cite is.

Address: Rue Barbacane 11000 Carcassonne
Website: http://www.tourism-carcassonne.co.uk

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  • Written Mar 12, 2010
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