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Narbonne



Introduction of Narbonne
City in Aude department, 31 mi E of Carcassonne,and near the Mediterranean Sea. Taken in 118 b.c.,it was the first Roman colony in Gaul and laterbecame the capital of Narbonensis. After the fall ofthe Roman Empire it was ruled by Visigoths, Saracens,and Franks until its prosperous port silted up in1320. The 13th-century expulsion of a significantgroup of Jewish residents c. 1310 and the Black Deathin 1348 also contributed to its decline. The city was acenter of heresy and religious controversy in the laterMiddle Ages. Roman ruins, the fortified medieval palaceof its archiepiscopal see, established in the fourthcentury, and the 13th-century cathedral of St. Just areall located in the town. City in Aude department, 31 mi E of Carcassonne,and near the Mediterranean Sea. Taken in 118 b.c.,it was the first Roman colony in Gaul and laterbecame the capital of Narbonensis. After the fall ofthe Roman Empire it was ruled by Visigoths, Saracens,and Franks until its prosperous port silted up in1320. The 13th-century expulsion of a significantgroup of Jewish residents c. 1310 and the Black Deathin 1348 also contributed to its decline. The city was acenter of heresy and religious controversy in the laterMiddle Ages. Roman ruins, the fortified medieval palaceof its archiepiscopal see, established in the fourthcentury, and the 13th-century cathedral of St. Just areall located in the town.

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