This is a very massive building, but it does not give the same impression as St Vincent, which seems so gigantic ! St Michel is not stuck in the middle of the narrow streets, but stands on the Boulevards.
It was actually part of the former fortifications of the Lower Town until they were demolished in the 18th century.
St Michel's façade was never completed, and has now a high and flat wall without sculptures. Only the big rose window gives some decoration !
This church is also very characteristic of the Languedoc's gothic style, with its unique and wide nave without chapels. The decoration consists in big paintings by Gamelin, a carcassonnais painter from the 18th century, and the organ which was recently restored.
The famous architect Viollet le Duc first trained on this church, after it had undergone a terrible fire in 1849, before restoring the whole of the medieval citadel.
Carcassonne was till the beginning of the 20th century one of the European cities possessing most fountains... and was sometimes compared with Rome !!!