Narbonne is an ancient Roman town that was originally founded in 118 BC. It rose to prominence as a key port for the Roman Empire - even though it is now 15 km from the Mediterranean Sea - and remains today the largest commune in the Aude, marginally larger than even Carcassonne.
Narbonne is centered largely around its dramatic Place de l'Hôtel de Ville. Although, the principal attraction here is the Cathédrale Saint-Just, located in the heart of Narbonne's old town. The cathedral is easily the most dominant, and among the most historic, in old Narbonne. It dates from the 13th century and is connected to the Palais des Archéveques where you can search out an ornately carved 320-foot keep.
Among other attractions in Narbonne are the Horreum, an ancient Roman relic that consists of a series of intricate underground hallways and tunnels, once believed to have been used for the storage of grain; and the Musée de Téléphone, which has exhibits on the history of electronic communications.
Also of interest, close at hand, is the Narbonne Plage - or beach - which can be easily reached from the train station or any of several points in central Narbonne via the local bus line. There are scores of boutiques and outdoor cafes in the vicinity of the beach.
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