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Considered the best attraction in Narbonne, the Cathédrale Saint-Just-et-Saint-Pasteur tops the itinerary when in the city. The gigantic edifice is inspired by Gothic architecture and one of the main highlights is that the construction is incomplete.
Donjon Gilles Aycelin was built at the end of the 13th Century to serve as a prison and a watch tower by Archbishop Gilles Aycelin. The Dungeon towers at a height of 41 meters and comprises of 4 levels connected with a steep staircase. The terrace of the Dungeon offers a scenic view of the city and the surrounding plain.
The 13th Century Palais des Archevêques is comprises an old tower and two adjacent military styled towers built in different times. The 'old' tower was built in 13th Century and displayed Romanesque architecture, whereas the 14th century new tower is an example of Gothic architecture. Today, the palace is home to the Musée Archéologique and Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Narbonne which elaborately displays the history of the city through various artifacts. Call for more information.
Basilique St-Paul-Serge is a quaint church that enhances the rich French history and architecture. The church was built in the 4th century in place of a necropolis, and is admired today for its stone facades and relics. You can find here beautiful Renaissance carvings, antiques and a Paleo-Christian Cemetery that is all very intriguing.
Located within the Abbaye de Fontfroide, the Refectoire is a huge space spread across fifty yards. Built in the 13th century, the refectory encompasses five smaller sections that abound in architectural brilliance. With an accommodation capacity of 200, the refectory hosts several concerts in its premises where spiritual music is the ruling genre. If you want to spend a tranquil time amidst medieval architecture and meditative music, then you must visit the place.
Parc du Chateau de Montplaisir is a beautiful park that marks the starting point of the pristine Parc Naturel Régional du Grand Narbonne (Regional National Park of Great Narbonne). Apart from nature trails, this park, which spread upto 4 hectares, is also a focal point for various cultural activities such as concerts and music festivals during summer. A perfect place for leisure walks as well as entertainment during events.
Perhaps the best preserved monastery one would find, the Abbaye de Fontfroide is located in the valley surrounded by pine and boxwood trees. The gates of the 11th Century monastery open to a large field of rose bushes with a narrow lane leading to the entrance of the main building. The building is an astute specimen of art and culture which possesses specimen of Cistercian and Italian style of architecture like the carvings on the arches ceilings and the Italian style terrace gardens. Besides, there are several rooms in the building that are used to host a number of events and concerts with a maximum capacity for 500 people. The restaurant in the abbey serves delectable French food with richness in its wine collection. A must visit for admirers of architecture and ancient monuments.
Located near the banks of the River Berre, Pech Maho is a prehistoric oppidum or fortress. It was used as a trading center before the Roman settlement. It dates back to the 6th Century BCE. Excavations at the site show evidence of funerals and rituals having been performed here. The Sigean Museum displays the historical artifacts pertaining to this site. Pech Maho can be visited with a guide from the museum.
Etang de Montady is a drained lagoon situated near the fringes of the commune of Colombiers in France. Located at the foot of Ensérune hill, this lagoon was designed to drain water from its center. This was attained with the help of radial ditches, which diverged from a single focal point. The drained water would then be transferred to an underground channel. The ancient hill-town of Oppidum d'Ensérune provides sweeping panoramic views of this lagoon - with the field divided into numerous wedges by the irrigation trenches.
Located 18 kilometers (11 miles) west of Béziers, this historic abbey situated in the heart of the Garrigue dates back to the 12th Century. Classified as a historical monument in 1975, the Romanesque church with its Gregorian choir, liturgical furniture and Gothic cloisters are well worth a visit. One can also visit an old olive mill and a bell foundry, both of which also date back to the 12th Century. The visit includes entry to the Abbey museum.
Spread over 8 hectares (19 acres), the Cactus Park located on the outskirts of Bessan is a gem waiting to be discovered by tourist families with a variety of cacti and farm animals that are sure to delight young children. Owned and maintained by a local couple, it houses thousands of succulents and cactus plants including many rare species. Visitors get to interact and pet the park's resident animals like yaks, lamas, sheep, goats and ducks as well as take pictures with them. A small gift shop, an ice cream stall and many picnic spots can be found here too, which make it an ideal place for a fun family outing.
Located in the commune of Salses-le-Chateau, the Forteresse de Salses is a Spanish fort built at then end of the 15th century. A striking feature of the fortress is its architecture, which is said to be a mix between the medieval castle and the modern fort design. The visiting hours are seasonal, so do see the website for information.