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Cathar Castle Maps Our maps of the Cathar Castles show the areas south of Carcassonne and north of Carcassonne. cathars-region-map001bb400.jpg     cathars-region-map002bb400.jpg
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Aguilar

Hilltop royal fortress ruins, views, visitable, by Tuchan village.

Arques

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The Arques Castle retains a tall donjon building complete with four round corner towers. It's in the heart of the Cathar region but built at the end of the Cathar period of 1209-1229, construction being finally completed in 1316.



Carcassonne Walled City

The Cité de Carcassonne has been fortified since Gallo-Roman times. In the 12th century the inhabitants were sided with the Cathars. On 1 August, 1209, the Albigensian Crusade arrived at Carcassonne and began their seige. On 15 August, the city surrendered, and the people departed, "carrying nothing but their sins".



Chalabre

Chateau visitable, events.

Hautpoul

Chateau ruins only, overlooking village, beside small town of Mazamet. (North, in the Tarn)

Lastours Castles

Lastours Castles are a tight group of four defensive structures clustered on rocky ridges of the Cabardès hills north of Carcassonne, built as a novel variant of a single larger castle. They were built in the 11th century, at the peak of the Cathar (and antil-Cathar Albigensian) period.



Lordat

Chateau ruins overlooking tiny village; south of Montségur.

Minerve

Picturesque fortified village, ruins of chateau, museum.



Montségur

13th-century castle ruins on high rock, beside a tiny village (pop 131)

Padern

Ruins on low Hilltop beside the small village (pop 124)

Peyrepertuse

Ruined fortress on 800m-high ridge.

Puilaurens

Lofty medieval castle ruins with a view.

Puivert

Castle ruins with minstrel sculptures.

Quéribus

Castle ruins with a tower on a high rock.

Rennes-le-Chateau

A couple of watch-towers in the hilltop village.



Roquefixade

Cathar castle ruins on a cliff overlooking Roquefixade village 09300

Saissac

Castle ruins (high walls, partly restored) at edge of nice village.

Termes

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Castle ruins and walls on hilltop, outside village; dirt-road access.



Usson Chateau

Chateau extensive hilltop ruins beside 09460 Rouze, Ariège; south of Montségur.

Villerouge-Termenès

Intact visitable castle in the village.



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