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Where to find the world's wonderful walled cities

Love Exploring Logo By Rachel Truman of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 32: This handsome hilltop city on the banks of the River Aude in France’s Languedoc region is the largest walled medieval city in Europe. Built on Roman remains, the Cité de Carcassonne (old town) is encircled by two outer walls that loom over the narrow alleyways and hidden corners within. With 52 towers and barbicans, the walls were highly innovative at the time and designed to prevent attack by siege engines. They were restored in the 19th century by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc so look remarkably pristine. A circuit walk now loops around the battlements.

Carcassonne, France

This handsome hilltop city on the banks of the River Aude in France’s Languedoc region is the largest walled medieval city in Europe. Built on Roman remains, the Cité de Carcassonne (old town) is encircled by two outer walls that loom over the narrow alleyways and hidden corners within. With 52 towers and barbicans, the walls were highly innovative at the time and designed to prevent attack by siege engines. They were restored in the 19th century by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc so look remarkably pristine. A circuit walk now loops around the battlements.

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