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"Narbonne: Central square" Top 5 Page for this destination Languedoc-Roussillon Things to Do Tip by kokoryko

Languedoc-Roussillon Things to Do: 76 reviews and 211 photos

  Bishop's palace (now city hall)
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  • Bishop's palace (now city hall) - Languedoc-Roussillon
      Bishop's palace (now city hall)
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  • Façade of the city hall - Languedoc-Roussillon
      Façade of the city hall
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  • Atmosphere on the square. - Languedoc-Roussillon
      Atmosphere on the square.
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  • "Les Dames de France" - Languedoc-Roussillon
      "Les Dames de France"
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  • Via Domitia is in the hole - Languedoc-Roussillon
      Via Domitia is in the hole
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The former bishop’s palace is dominating the main square of Narbonne (picture 1); this palace is the city hall since the 19th century; you see from the picture that in fact several buildings from different periods constitute this palace: the Old Palace, like a fortress, left and right in military and gothic style, and in the middle, the more recent New Palace, in gothic style. This palace is not only the siege of the city hall, but as it is very big, there are also the fine arts museum and the archaeological museum.
The guides write it is gothic, but to me, it also looks renaissance style (picture 2), with its wide windows.
Around the place are a number of cafés, who on sunny days put tables and chairs almost all over the place (picture 3); opposite the city hall is a “Grand Magasin”, built end 19th century, in Galeries Lafayettes style, just smaller: Les Dames de France was in the past a big shopping centres consortium (picture 4).
I “forgot” to make a specific picture of the square hole you noticed on the previous picture and see here on picture 5, people don’t look at what is in this hole, about 1 metre below the square level: the “Via Domitia. Via Domitia is an old paved Roman street, which ran parallel to the actual city hall façade; this road was the first paved road built in Gaul (future France), in 120 BC, in the “Colonia Narbo Martius”, by proconsul Cneus Domitius Ahenobarbus. Narbonne is a very old city, but there are almost no antique remains and this is one of the very few dating back to Roman times.

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  • Written Mar 14, 2010
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