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Museums in the Palace of the Archbishops: photos, description (Palais des archeveques de Narbonne)

In medieval France it used to be, when first the city was built the Cathedral, and next to it some time later appeared a luxurious Palace in which he lived and rules the head of the local diocese. In Narbonne was exactly the opposite: the bishops of Narbonne settled far from the then centre of the city close to the city walls. Therefore, the Cathedral was decided to build closer to the fathers of the Church, though of course it would be better if the fathers themselves have made steps towards the temple of God. Perhaps there were other reasons for this decision, but they now can only guess. Near the residence of bishops was erected on the site of a small Church, the Cathedral of saints Justus and Pastor, whose construction began in the XIII century.

Darbandsky archbishops Palace is a complex of buildings that date from different periods. The old Palace dates back to the period of the Roman presence, the New Palace was built in XVII-XVIII century. The complex also includes a donjon called the name of one of the local bishops - Gilles OPEC (XIII-XIV century) and two towers Dating from the XIII century - Holy Madeleine and Martial. There is also a lovely Archbishop's garden, and you can see the city wall - the first fortified construction of Narbonne.

Since the nineteenth century in the Palace of the archbishops is located city officials - here is the city hall of Narbonne. It divides the old complex with two museums of art and archaeology. In the archaeological Museum, including items from the Roman era: mosaic works, amphorae and sarcophagi. At the art Museum you can see paintings and objects that belonged to the inhabitants of the Palace.

In the XIX century the restoration and the rebuilding of the Palace occurred with the direct participation of architect eugène violle-Le-Duc, who managed to unite the tower of St Martial with a dungeon, "linking" their facade.