How restored French city of Carcassonne got its name

The Connexion also reveals how the modern medieval citadel in the south of France was given a near-total 19th-century makeover

The city of Carcassonne, in the Aude, is known for its medieval centre and the walls surrounding it which were restored in the 19th century.

Less well known is the legend from which the city is said to have got its name, which dates back to the 8th century when Saracens, Muslim Arabs from Spain, ruled the city.

Charlemagne, the king of the Franks, wanted the city for himself and laid siege to it for five years.

During that siege, Prince Balak – the city’ ...

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