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Bastille Day Carcassonne

Many celebrations take place across France on Bastille Day (14 July 2018). but one of the most spectacular must be the firework display over the magical, medieval city of Carcassonne (11 Aude, Occitanie). 14 July  is celebrated in France as la Fete Nationale (Bastille Day) or Le Quatorze Juillet to mark the storming of the Bastille, starting the French Revolution on July 14, 1789

From 10.30pm at night  and best seen from the banks of the Aude river there will be a 25  minute extravanza with flames of blue, white, yellow, green red, gold and a grandiose crowning piece. More than 1200 impacts in 6 seconds over 600 metres of frontage.

For more info on Bastille Day in Carcassonne see www.carcassonne.org

 

Hotel de la Cite

Stay in a comfortable hotel within the medieval city walls at Hotel de la Cité

The imposing fortifications of the citadel of Carcassonne occupy a rocky outcrop overlooking the course of the River Aude. At the foot of their walls stretches the lower town, a bastide founded in 1248 by Louis IX.
Carcassonne has been a settlement since the 6th century BC and was a Roman town, fortified during the later imperial period, before becoming a medieval citadel. It has examples of 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,600 years of history. A rich and varied tour is available and includes many areas not otherwise visited: ramparts, hoardings, projection room, lapidary museum. Guided tours, lectures or audio-guides available, subject to booking.

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