"Place de l'Hôtel de Ville - The busy centre." Top 5 Page for this destination Narbonne Tourist Trap Tip by Jerelis

Narbonne Tourist Traps: 3 reviews and 8 photos

  Iris, Sam and me at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville.
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  • Iris, Sam and me at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville. - Narbonne
      Iris, Sam and me at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville.
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  • Beautiful surroundings of the main square. - Narbonne
      Beautiful surroundings of the main square.
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  • Palais des Archeveques. - Narbonne
      Palais des Archeveques.
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Whithout a doubt is the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville the busy centre of the town and a true tourist trap. But is this a good reason to avoid it and not visit it? No, not at all. You can also put this main square in the tip section "Must see"! And I can also tell you why :)

At the west part of the square you will see two magnificent buildings. First of all the Palais des Archeveques. We read that the Archbishop's Palace was first designed in the 12th century and was intended to create a safe place of comfort for the residents of Narbonne, even whilst under attack. The military prowess of the building can still be seen from the large turrets that emanate from the top. In recent times the palace has become home to three of the cities favorite museums.

The second building is the Narbonne Cathedral, which is situated in the heart of the present city of Narbonne, but in the Middle Ages was located by the city wall. This placement was due to a long history of the site as a place of worship. We learned that in 313 a Constantinian basilica was erected on the same spot as the present cathedral. Ruined by a fire in 441 a Latin basilica was constructed here. Little remains of this building as it fell into ruin. The idea to build a Gothic cathedral was a plitical decision made in 1268 and started with the foundation of the current Chapelk of the Sacred Heart.

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  • Written Sep 7, 2011
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