Thursday Doors: Bastide Saint-Louis, Carcassonne, France

The week before last, my contribution to “Thursday Doors” was from a trip my husband and I took in June to Carcassonne, southern France (visit here). The photos I featured were of the ancient fortified city that sits perched on a hill overlooking the lower city or the ville basse on the left bank of the Aude River.

This week, I’d like to show you around the lower city seen here through a rampart in the outer wall surrounding the medieval city.

On our way from the medieval city to the lower city, we crossed the River Aude via Le Pont Vieux bridge, made up of twelve arches and constructed in 1320.

Along the way, we passed by beautiful buildings and intriguing murals depicting medieval times. Behind the wall with the murals is the Notre Dame de L’Abbaye monastery. The abbey dates back to at least the 10th century.

The center of the lower city is known as Bastide Saint-Louie and was founded in 1260.  Wandering the narrow streets, visiting the shops, cafés, bakeries, parks, squares with fountains, and the market to experience the life of this place made for a wonderful couple of days.  In Carcassonne, there are many fascinating sights!

Suspended above a number of narrow streets are brightly colored umbrellas. The umbrellas are part of the Umbrella Sky Project. The idea came from Patricia Cunha, a Portuguese artist, and started in Agueda, Portugal in 2011. In 2020, thousands of colorful flowers were added to the umbrellas in Carcassonne to create a kind of garden feel.

Here are a few more treasures that I found throughout the time wandering around lower Carcassonne.

At the center of Carcassonne, in the Place Carnot, is the Fountain of Neptune holding a dolphin and trident, surrounded by four mer-people.

We took a rest in the Place de General de Gaulle park.

Carcassonne hosted one of the 2021 Tour de France’s stages.

I hope you enjoyed a small bit of this extraordinary place. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, stay well!

At the Place Gambetta Park


This is my contribution to the weekly Thursday Doors challenge hosted by Dan Antion over at No Facilities blog.

If you would like to see more doors from all around the globe, visit Dan’s.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. JT Twissel says:

    A cheerful looking place!

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    1. It really is, and the people are friendly as well. Lovely place to visit! 🙂


  2. Dan Antion says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photographs, Brenda. I love the doors, but I also love the photo of the stone bridge. I am always amazed how structures built many hundreds of years ago are still functioning. We have “modern” highway bridge in the next town up that was repaired about 15 years ago. This year, it’s been reduced to one lane in each direction.

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    1. Things were made to last and not break (as my grandad used to say). 🙂 The bridge was fascinating and to think it was constructed in 1320 (wow)! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Dan!

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  3. Tanja says:

    gorgeous doors

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed, Tanja! 🙂


  4. I visited Carcassonne many years ago and it was nice to see the place again. And good to see the doors which I probably didn’t notice last time I went.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the memories. There are several places I’ve visited in the past that I wish I’d been on the lookout for doors at the time as well. 🙂


  5. the umbrellas! how creative. enjoyed the medieval murals and detailed iron work on the doors.

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    1. The umbrellas made me smile, which I believe is the purpose. The murals were quite intriguing too. 🙂

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  6. Teresa says:

    Love this place. And I found so many doors there as well. Thanks for taking me back. ❤️

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos and that they took you back to Carcassonne! 🙂

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  7. slfinnell says:

    Enjoyed this post very much! Lovely photo captures 😊

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    1. Really glad you enjoyed the photos!! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Prior... says:

    Wonderful and I really
    Like the umbrellas


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