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Carte Languedoc-Roussillon
Flag region Languedoc-Roussillon

Administration & Statistics

Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Departement Aude
Postal code 11100

Elevation 0-285 m
land area 173 km2
Population 52,542 (2010)
Density 304 /km2
Narbonne a commune in southern France in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, lies close to the Mediterranean sea.

The earliest settlement here was a defended Iron Age village 4km from the present city. Narbonne was the site of the first Roman settlement in Gaul known as Narbo Martius, founded in 118BC. Narbo Martius became the capital of southern Gaul, a prosperous town, and a major port on the famous Roman road, the Domitian way.

Originally a trading port, Narbonne survived as a fishing port until flooding in 1320 caused the harbour to silt up and the River Aude to change its course making Narbonne a backwater. Narbonne now lies on a vine-growing plain, 13 km from the sea.

Narbonne today is a thriving, bustling and attractive town with much to do and see. Its economy has been boosted by the wine and tourist industry. The centre of Narbonne, is an attractive place for shopping and sightseeing, bisected by the Canal de la Robine and dotted with riverside bars and cafes. The daily award-winning food market La Halles, is reputed be one of the best in France, overflowing with local produce and on Thursdays there is also an open-air market stretching along the canal bank near the Halles.

Historic sites of interest include: the Medieval Cathedral of Saint-Just, the 12th century Basilique de St Paul, the oldest Christian building in Gaul, the 13th century, Palais des Archeveques, the Roman Horreum built underground as a cryptoporticus and the Roman ruins. The Via Domitia is part of the Roman road.

There are also fascinating museums including, the Musee Archeologique, housed in the Archbishops Palace, the Musee Lapidaire, with a collection of Roman stones and the Musee d’Art et d’Histoire.While La Pouderie is a 17th century powder house now converted into a winemaking museum.

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