Cathar Castles in Languedoc France | The Unsolved Mysteries




Driving will take you to the place and you can find a small museum where you can access it for free. The construction of the castle started as early as the 12th century. Additionally, you can get a good view of the countryside. A castle on the hill is Chateau de Puivert.


Château de Puivert

It has four levels that you can explore.  The most interesting part with this structure is the stone carvings on the walls. There is a village within the area where you can shop for local souvenirs. You can also find other Cathar Castles that are best but could be challenging to visit


Ruins of Chateau De Puivert

If you are planning to see only one Cathar Castle, then go for the Chateau de Peyrepertuse a Duilhac. The whole area is surrounded with limestone outcrops where you can walk or drive into; apart from some changes in the elevation.


Chateau de Peyrepertusea Duilhac

If you are already in the area, you might want to check out the nearby castles of Chateau de Queribus and Chateau de Puilaurens. The drive between the Chateaus is nice and you can find several restaurants along the way. Majority of Cathar Castles are advertised to be romantic. Most of them are built after the crusade and to protect Aragon from invaders.


Chateau de Queribus

Most of the castles are left to decays and rots. There are only a few that are considered as genuine Cathar Castles. You can also find that some castles are built by French near the authentic ones. Be careful as you can find some castles with no connections to Cathar.


Chateau de Puilaurens

You can also find structures that link to the period of Cathars but were not necessarily erected during the period. It is ideal to join tours so that you can have an idea of the history of the castles that you visit. Definitely this is another adventure to try if you are visiting France.
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