Narbonne Gate is the entrance to the eastern side of the fortified
town. In addition to its military accoutrements it is equipped
for comfort and prestige. Two high twin towers reinforced by
overhangs designed to deflect attackers' projectiles are connected
by a gatehouse inside which is the entrance passage protected
by a double portcullis
and a murder-hole.
On the different floors of the construction loopholes
ensured the crossbowmen's
frontal and vertical shots. In the event of a war wooden hoardings
supported by joists
fixed into the walls could be quickly installed above the gate
and on the coping of the towers to improve the active defence.
The domestic equipment: salting tub, water tank, fireplace,
show that the purpose was to be able to maintain a garrison
for an extensive period in time of attacks or sieges. This is
not just a remarkable construction planned for warfare. In fact,
the rooms, built one above the other on the different levels,
demonstrate the refinement of gothic architecture in the care
taken with the tracery
windows open to the town, with the cross-ribbed
arches and the monumental fireplaces.