In about 1835, only one man in Carcassonne was passionate about the city : Jean-Pierre Cros-Mayrevieille (1810 - 1876). For him, the city was as much a place of personal memories as a historic vestige. Born in Trivalle, at the foot of the citadel, he was to remember in his autobiographical notes, his feelings "at the sight of the ancient Barbican being demolished to build a yarn mill". In 1841, thanks to his discovery of the tomb of Guillaume Radulphe, he succeeded in having the Saint-Nazaire Cathedral classified. When he was appointed inspector of historic monuments, he led a relentless campaign to have the ramparts classified also. It was thanks to him that the restoration work was undertaken. He was the uncontested first recognised saviour of the city.
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 The Town of the Past
 Romantic Visions
 Jean-Pierre Cros-Mayrevieille
 Eugène Viollet-le-Duc
 Léopold Verguet
 Michel Jordy
 Engravings and Drawings
 The Painter's Eye
 The Miniature City
 The City as Decor
 Medieval Times Rediscovered