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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