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"Porte Narbonnaise - A remarkable construction." Porte Narbonnaise - Narbonne Gate Tip by Jerelis

  Porte Narbonaisse seen from Rue Cros Mayrevieille.
by Jerelis

Of course structures like this main gate have a very important part in the defensive structure of a city. We learned that in a war situation, the wooden hoardings supported on beams fixed in the walls could quickly be installed above the gate and at the top of the towers to improve the active system of defence. The domestic amenities equipping the castle (salting house, water tank, fireplaces) shows the intention to maintain a garrison for some considerable time in case of attack or siege.

However, the Narbonnaise Gate is not only a remarkable construction designed for the art of warfare. The chambers built one above the other on the various floors express all the elegance of Gothic architecture and show the care and attention paid to the traceried windows opening onto the town, to the ribbed vaulting and to the huge fireplaces.

Address: 11000 Carcassonne.
Directions: It's simply the main entrance of the medieval city of Carcassonne.

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  • Written Sep 13, 2011
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