Basilica of Saint-Nazaire

Basilica of Saint-Nazaire
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Place Saint Nazaire La Cité 11000 Carcassonne

The Basilica of St. Nazaire is a basilica in Carcassonne, southern France, listed as a national monument of the country.

It was formerly the cathedral of Carcassonne until 1801, when it was replaced by the present Carcassonne Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Michel de Carcassonne).

The original church is thought to have been constructed in the 6th century during the reign of Theodoric the Great, the ruler of the Visigoths. On 12 June in 1096, Pope Urban II visited the town and blessed the stones used to build the cathedral of Saint Nazaire and Saint Celse; construction was completed in the first half of the twelfth century.[1] It was built on the site of a Carolingian cathedral, of which no traces remain. The crypt too, despite its ancient appearance, dates from the new construction. The church was enlarged between 1269 and 1330 in the Gothic style, largely at the expense of the Bishop of Carcassonne, Pierre de Rochefort.

The exterior was largely renewed by Viollet-le-Duc, while the interior has largely remained the Gothic original.

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Beautiful Cathedral

Beautiful basilica in the centre of the old city of Carcassonne. Not much for kids to do inside but worth tag teaming with one parent waiting outside with kids so you can see the interior! Stained glass windows are really amazing. The best thing for the kids is to see all the gargoyles outside the church - fabulously garish faces for the kids to spot - that can take them half an hour as there are so many and lots of space to move around and find them. Recommended.

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I visited
May, 2014
I visited with kids aged:
  • 3-5 years
  • 6-9 years
I would recommend for kids aged:
  • 3-5
  • 6-9
  • 10-14
  • 15+
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Australia and New Zealand

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Great for rainy days
What I didn't like
  • Has precious things that shouldn't be touched
  • Periods of quiet/no talking allowed (e.g. tours etc)

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Free entry for all the family
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