Rick Steves’ Europe: Medieval Castles

Ancient fortresses offer glimpses of medieval brutality and 19th-century Romanticism

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The Medieval City of Carcassonne

Medieval city of Carcassonne

The battlements of Carcassonne rise over an intact medieval town in France. The American travel writer Richard Halliburton described the night he arrived here in 1921. It was, he wrote, "a magical moonlit city of walls and towers.. defiant and impregnable."


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