Walls of Carcassonne
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Location Carcassonne, France   map
Date ~ 1150   timeline
Building Type town walls
 Construction System rough-cut stone masonry
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style Medieval
Notes restored fortified town walls, with conically roofed round towers.


Photo, exterior overview.






Plan Drawing

Discussion Walls of Carcassonne Commentary

"Carcassonne is a unique example of a double fortification. The older part dates from late antiquity, the more recent part from the 13th century. The first without doubt inspired the second. The projection of the towers from the wall, and the fact that they therefore commanded it, made possible a more flexible system of defense."

— John Julius Norwich. The World Atlas of Architecture. p239.


"The inner walls measures 1286 m. and has 25 towers; the outer wall, with 17 towers, measures 1500 m."

— Henri Stierlin. Comprende l'Architecture universelle. p171.

Sources on Walls of Carcassonne

Dennis Sharp, ed. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Whitney Library of Design, an imprint of Watson-Guptil Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. color photo of town walls, p187.

Henri Stierlin. Comprendre l'Architecture universelle 1. Fribourg, Switzerland: Office du Livre, 1977. discussion, p171.

Doreen Yarwood. The Architecture of Europe. New York: Hastings House, 1974. ISBN 0-8038-0364-8. LC 73-11105. NA950.Y37. perspective drawing of outer walls and towers, f447, p213. perspective drawing of entrance facade, f445, p213.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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