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Carcassonne is famous for the preservation of its old medieval city and town walls. While the eighteenth century 'new town' below is the modern center of the city, the majestically restored walls and castle of the still-functioning old town are the main draw of the town. (2011)

A nightview of the old town with its city walls illuminated. The towered entrance to the old castle within the city walls The oldest sections of the wall like this date back to the Gallo-Roman times of France. A view down to the relatively newer town of Carcassonne below dubbed the 'Bastide st. Louis' Eerie gargoyles dominate the old city cathedral.