Carcassonne Tourist Attractions
Two bridges (one of them the 13th C Pont Vieux) lead to the Ville Basse or lower town, which is laid out on a regular grid and ringed by boulevards. The central feature is the Place Carnot, in which is the Neptune Fountain (1770). To the north is the Gothic church of St-Vincent (14th C), with an unfinished tower and a beautiful main doorway. To the south is the Cathedral of St-Michel (13th C, restored), with fine 14th C windows and a treasury.
Musée des Beaux-Arts
The Cité, the fortified upper town, lies at the height of the 148m/485ft. Elliptical in plan, it is surrounded by a double circuit of walls with 54 towers. The fortifications, dating in part from the Visigothic period and strengthened in 1170, by Louis IX in 1250 and by Philip the Bold in 1280, remained unscathed until the French Revolution.