A view of the walls at night from the old bridge that leads into the modern town. Carcassonne is completely encircled by an ancient wall that dates back beyond the fifth century. A stronghold of the Cathars in the twelfth century; it was restored in 1853. Today it is primarily a tourist attraction. We stayed right outside the walls in an Abbey that is located across the road from the main gate on our last trip. There are some wonderful hotels located inside of the gates; we stayed in the Best Western back in 2004 on a trip. It's a magical experience to wander the deserted streets at night.
One of my favorite photos in Carcassonne; a window near the church inside the walled city.