Saturday, July 2, 2016


As we headed into the last week of our trip the locations we ventured to became more remarkable and the medieval fortress of Carcassonne was no different. In the past, it was a Roman colonia that protected the roads between Spain and Italy but it was later expanded by a number of factions such as the Visigoths, Moors, Cathars, and French. As our group approached the behemoth, I was awestruck by its steep walls as it rose from the hilltop and our group did not fail to take a number of group photos because of it. Once we had entered the city it was full of shops and restaurants like any tourist attraction and I enjoyed some free time with my classmate see breath-taking views of the countryside. Eventually, we were able to see the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, another gothic-roman cathedral which like the others did not fail to impress. Before leaving we went to the main manor of the fort which was never touched by a sieging force, which is easy to see how with its impressive walls and towers engineered to withstand repeated onslaught. This could be my own military basis but I found the trip to Carcassonne as the most interesting excursion we had.
Exterior of Carcassonne

Exterior of  Basilica of Saint-Nazaire

Front gates of manor

Roman portion of wall

Cadet Lanetti looking out to the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire
The Citadel group on the bridge to Carcassonne

Close view of Roman tower

Main hall of Basilica of Saint-Nazaire

Citadel cadets taking picture with Spanish football fans

Sculpture of medieval knight

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