Last week I posted Part One of our trip to Carcassone. To read Part One click here.
Carcassone has many of the things I love about medieval villages: sculpture, religious artifacts, and gargoyles. This post is less about the story of Carcassone and more about the interior images of Carcassone.
These two large concrete heads greet visitors inside where you pick up the audio guide.
I loved this bas-relief sculpture of monks. At first I thought it represented the Seven Deadly Sins…but then realized there are only six characters. Maybe they left off one of them.
This anteroom may have once been a private chapel or prayer room. I was drawn to the large sculpture of the crucifixion.
Gargoyles are my favorite exterior sculptures on European churches. It is always fun to look for the ugliest, the cutest, or the strangest creature. These gargoyles can be found on the exterior of the church on the grounds of the walled village.
Can you spot the laughing head in the image below?
This guy definitely gets my vote for smallest and cutest gargoyle.
Outside of the walled fortress was a lovely cemetery. It wasn’t particularly old but it did have some great sculptures. Most of the cemeteries I’ve seen in France have family crypts. All above ground. They remind me a bit of the cemeteries in New Orleans.
Okay, I know cemeteries are supposed to be places of quiet reflection. Yet, when I saw the image below, I couldn’t help but chuckle and think the angel was commanding the person to “Rise, Darn It.”
Finally, no visit to a lovely medieval village is complete without an ice cream break. Even the deserts are presented creatively.
Until my next post.