Carcassonne is a fortified French town in the Aude department, of which it is the prefecture, in the Region of Occitanie. Carcassonne became strategically identified when Romans fortified the hilltop around 100 BC. The city walls have 52 massive towers which were added in the 13th century.
Today, the walls of the city are 1.9 miles (3 km) long. The citadel was restored at the end of the 19th century and in 1997 it was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
Today, Carcassonne competes with Mont-Saint-Michel for the title of the most visited monument in France. Besides Tourism, manufacturing and wine-making are some of its other key economic sectors. Image: wikipedia