Archive for the tag 'Viollet-le-Duc'

The recent Google Doodle celebrating the 200th anniversary of the architect who renovated the walled city of Carcassonne brought back happy memories of my visit there in 2012.
From the Telegraph regarding the man and his anniversary:

Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, the architect known for his distinctive restoration work on medieval buildings, has been celebrated with a Google doodle.
The [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Jan 30th 2014

The Basilique Saint-Nazaire-et-Saint-Celse de Carcassonne was formerly the cathedral of Carcassonne. In 1801 it was replaced by the present Carcassonne Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Michel de Carcassonne).

The present church is in origin a Romanesque of the 11th century, consecrated by Pope Urban II in 1096. It was built on the site of a Carolingian cathedral, of [...]

6 Comments CherryPie on Jul 2nd 2012

The walled city (La Cite) of Carcassonne was built on the site of a former Roman fortress.  The city is protected by two heavily fortified walls and has no less than 52 towers and barbicans. In medieval times Simon de Montfort led crusades against the Albigensians (Cathars) whom the Catholic Church had branded as [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Jun 23rd 2012