Narbonne is a pleasant beach city in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the Aude department. Once a prosperous Roman port, the city is now about 9 miles from the current shores of the Mediterranean. Narbonne has a charming historic core featuring a fine Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, the city hall square, the 13th century Gothic Cathedral Saint-Just, and a Roman grain storage operation called the Horreum.
Narbonne's justly famous covered market, Les Halles, has been the main food and wine market for over a century. Near the canal, the market is open every morning from 7 am to 1 pm. Nearby is the Musee Lapidaire, the Lapidary Museum housed in the former church of Notre Dame de Lamourguier, once a 13th century monastery and a very interesting piece of southern Gothic architecture. The museum isn't about gemstones, it's about Roman carved rock that once was re-used in the town's fortifications.
The Narbonne Archaeological Museum is inside the 11th-12th century Palais Vieux in the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville.
If you're nostalgic over real telephones, Narbonne also has a Musee de Telephone, a museum of the telephone.
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Map of Narbonne Showing Tourist Attractions
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Running through Narbonne is the Canal de la Robine which links the city to the Canal du Midi and the Aude river.
Good Eats: Gourmets will want to check out l'Ecailler Gourmet, marked on the map.
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