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La Porte D'aude

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Easy to step back in the past

There is something very special for me about walking through this entrance - hard to call it a... read more

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La Cite

Amazing castle and fortifications. We had a tour guide who brought to life the history of La Cite... read more

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2 rue de la Porte D Aude, 11000 Carcassonne Center, Carcassonne, France
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is something very special for me about walking through this entrance - hard to call it a door- I cannot ever pass through without touch the wall and thinking what it looked like when bygone knights were racing through on their horses.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing castle and fortifications. We had a tour guide who brought to life the history of La Cite. We spent a day walking the ramparts and seeing how the defenses would have overcome any attempt at taking the castle.

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Reviewed October 4, 2018

I can understand why the concentric circles divided the community. Very clever art, but this is a UNESCO site, not a canvas. Worth looking at, but less agile ones may prefer an entrance with less steps.

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Reviewed September 26, 2018

But then, I'm a septuagenarian! But it was great to arrive at this portal a nd rest while enjoying the splendour of the art work on the castle walls

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Reviewed September 21, 2018

This is the “back door” to La Cité, the medieval fortress city. This side is often used in movies because there are no wires showing

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Reviewed August 27, 2018

The back door of the citadel was chosen by a Swiz artist to commemorate 20 years since the city was designates UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was decorated with concentric yellow circles, which can only be appreciated when entering by this side of the city,...More

1  Thank fredyair
Reviewed July 30, 2018

With the recent excellent artwork by Swiss artist Felice Varini - this is the best viewpoint! If you take a few steps back - you can get all the yellow paint lined up and enjoy this concentric and eccentric masterpiece!

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Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

As in the majority of the fortified cities and castles the way to enter it is up and you need to go an step walk to enter Carcasonne and in my opinion this is the most beautiful gate to enter the city. Not the most...More

1  Thank rickyspa1
Reviewed June 23, 2018

You get really nice views of Carcassonne and the medieval city. The concentric art work currently on display can be viewed from here and you see all the circles.

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Reviewed June 19, 2018

It doesn't matter where you go in Carcassonne. The views are uniformly great and photogenic. The back door, as it were, is just as good as the front.

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