Chateau Comtal, Carcassonne: the fortified entrance

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RIBApix ref no RIBA59030
Architect/DesignerViollet-le-Duc, Eugene Emmanuel (1814-1879)
Artist/PhotographerNeurdein Freres
Subject Date1100
Image Date1880
Library Reference13765 (ND Phot 209)
Colour / B&W Colour
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: Once a separate royal palace built by Bernard Aton Trencavel, this castle was converted into a citadel, consisting of a double ring of ramparts and 53 towers, when Carcassonne became part of the royal estate in 1226. The citadel was was restored by Eugene Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc in 1853-1879. After Viollet's death the restorations were completed to his designs by his pupil Paul Boeswillwald. Later the architect Henri Nodet carried out further restoration work.

Subject tags

towers, restoration, bridges, castles, palaces, city walls