Citadel of Carcassonne, of stone and dreams

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Citadel of Carcassonne, of stone and dreams

One could believe the citadel of Carcassonne is unbreakable. Due to its classification by UNESCO, the monument benefits from protection of cultural heritage  But a town cannot be reduced to its stones. A town needs a beating heart to exist.
The Citadel of Carcassonne
(© Ph. Benoist)

With its castle and ramparts listed as a UNESCO Heritage site, the citadel proudly offers its two thousand year history to millions of tourists from all over the world.

One might believe that it would be safe from all dangers, ready to resist the assault of time for all eternity.

But this is not the case as without life, time does not exist, and without time, there is no eternity.

A light of world heritage dimming slowly

The town that was for centuries remarkable, full of life and inhabitants now sees its tower doors shut, its lanes empty, reduced to a stage setting.

The town that was marked by civilisations bitterly fighting over it is now reduced to a charming postcard, silent about its own history.

(© Ph. Benoist)
A living citadel reduced to a monument

Inexorably, the Citadel is being reduced to its stones, its human side disappearing.

The silhouette of generations of men and women who have shaped, loved and dreamed about it, is fading away.

An endowment fund to restore the Citadel’s prestige

Determined to fight against this slow decline, several men and women have decided to revive the Citadel.

With conviction and enthusiasm, they wish to offer a new future to this exceptional heritage.

Les fondateurs : François Signoles, Daniele Herin, Gisèle Jourda, Jacques Talmier, Pascal Chavervac, Christine Pujol, Sylvie David, Jean-Loup Deldebat, Jean Guilaine, Céline Marcadon, Alain Monod (PHOTO CHRISTOPHE BARREAU). Absent sur la photo Dominique Auzias

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