The name Narbonnaise, "Narbonensis", echoes since ancient times. Here, the Romans founded a capital, the first daughter of Rome from Italy.
Centuries followed each other, each of which shaped history, monuments ... Memories: Visigoths, Saracens, feudal freaks with major projects such as the Cathedral of St. Just Pasteur of Narbonne, the Abbey of Fontfroide or the Canal du Midi.
To travel the Narbonnaise means to travel back in time, but also to experience the Mediterranean ...
©Luc Beziat - Heliage
The Via Domitia passes right in the center of Narbonne. Major commercial axis of the Antiquity, it connected formerly Rome to the Iberian Peninsula.©MairieNarbonne
Narbonne, 2500 years of history: from the ancient Via Domitia to the Episcopal Palace, the heart of the city beats on the central square. ©Claude Cruells
It is in the city center of Narbonne that we realize the crossroad of times: an antique engraved stone appears in the center of a medieval wall, a church steeple emerges between houses of the 19th century ... a surprising city! ©Emmanuel Perrin
The Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace are one of the largest monumental ensembles in France. If you look up to the sky, you can discover many architectural treasures: gothic windows, arches, sculptures and gargoyles ... ©Emmanuel Perrin
The oppidum of Pech Maho, Sigean, is one of the oldest sites of the Narbonnaise. It was inhabited by the Elisyque people, descended from the Greeks and the Etruscans ... long before the Romans came to the region. ©Claude Cruells
View from the castle Leucate: a breathtaking panorama of the pond, the sea and in the distance the Pyrenees. This castle controlled the border with the kingdom of Aragon until the 17th century, facing Salses. ©Claude Cruells