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Carcassonne (Occitan: Carcassona) is a fortified French town in the Aude department, of which it is the prefecture, in the former province of Languedoc.

It is divided into the fortified Cité de Carcassonne and the more expansive lower city, the ville basse. Carcassone was founded by the Visigoths in the Golden Age. The folk etymology – involving a châtelaine named Carcas, a ruse ending a siege and the joyous ringing of bells (“Carcas sona”) – though memorialized in a neo-Gothic sculpture of Mme. Carcas on a column near the Narbonne Gate, is of modern invention. The fortress, which was thoroughly restored in 1853 by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.1 The name can be derived as a hyperbole of name Carcas. Similarly in Italian language, there are derived names like Castellino (little castle) – Castello – Castellone (big castle), or Ombrellino (small umbrella) – Ombrello – Ombrellone (large umbrella). A double ‘s’ in the name appears for phonetic reasons, otherwise as a self standing ‘s’ it would be pronounced as ‘z’.

*Photograph taken with Nikon D7000, 10-20mm Sigma lens @ 10mm, iso100, f/4.5, 1/400sec, handheld. HDR created from 3 bracketed exposures (-2,0,+2), tonemapped in Photomatix. Final processing in PS CS4 & additional plug-ins.

Image added on 22nd of August, 2011

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Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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  • RickDavis
    RickDavisover 3 years ago

    I’ll tell you Luke,,,I love the way these buildings look,,,great job,,,,Rick

  • I’m glad you do. Cheers mate.

    – Luke Griffin

  • julie08
    julie08over 3 years ago

    Awesome image from this fantastic place :)

  • Thank you Julie.

    – Luke Griffin

  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...over 3 years ago

    Excellent capture !!!!

  • Thank you Annalisa.

    – Luke Griffin

  • EvaAn68
    EvaAn68over 3 years ago

    Such intriguing buildings… love this : )

  • Cheers Eva.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 3 years ago

    Stunning !!!!! i colori delle case sembrano quelli di Venezia :::::: ciao guendalyn

  • Thanks Guendalyn!

    – Luke Griffin

  • Igor Shrayer
    Igor Shrayerover 3 years ago

    Fantastic work!

  • Thank you Igor.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    Looks like a fanastic place to explore!

  • It sure is!!

    – Luke Griffin

  • Giles Clare
    Giles Clareover 3 years ago

    Great shot, full of character.

  • Thank you Giles!

    – Luke Griffin

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 3 years ago

    Oooh…nice!!! Fantastic color and composition!!!

  • walela
    walelaalmost 3 years ago

    Terrific shot

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