Carcassonne (Carcassonne, France) : Le Chateau Comptal, a fortress within a fortress, on the northern side of Carcassonne

Creator:
unknown (French)
Published/Created:
Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
ca. 300-1287
Date Depicted:
8/1/1999
500 AD - 1499 AD
Materials:
sandstone
stone
Notes:
Medieval fortified town in Languedoc, southern France. Situated on a plateau dominating the plain of the Aude, the walled town of Carcassonne is roughly rectangular in shape, up to 525 m long and 250 m wide. It is still surrounded by its medieval double enclosure wall: the inner curtain is about 1245 m in length, with 29 towers, while the outer has 18 towers and is about 1320 m long. The Château Comtal and the former cathedral of St Nazaire are part of the town. The historian Viollet-le-Duc was responsible for it's restoration in the 19th century, between 1852 and 1879, adding crenellations to the walls and giving the towers slate roofs. The use of slates has been strongly criticized, however, and restorers are replacing them with clay ridge tiles.
Topics:
Architecture -- France -- 13th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Medieval
Culture:
French
Accession Number:
1A2-F-C-CO-C5
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
fortifications (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; military; war construction buildings; fortifications; castles (fortifications); built works; fortifications
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Base Collection
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
8/1/1999
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10093361
PID:
digcoll:1869137