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The castle of Montsegur

Discovery of a Cathar castle in the southwest of France: the castle of Montsegur

The Cathars were Christians who rejected the authority of the Pope and the Church.

Their community led by perfects (spiritual masters) flourished in southwestern France. The Perfects had to lead a very austere life, they were vegetarians, owned nothing, and observed complete sexual abstinence.

For the basic believers the obligations were much more flexible.

The pope, after having let the movement develop, decided to repress this heresy by launching a crusade. After multiple persecutions, the last Cathars took refuge in a castle that was difficult to access: the castle of Montsegur.

The castle was then the scene of disastrous events during the winter of 1244. On March 16, after more than 10 months of siege, the Cathars surrendered. Of the 400 remaining defenders, 200 refused to renounce their faith and were burned alive below the castle.

It should be noted that the ruins of the castle that we see today are not the ruins of the Cathars' castle because it was rebuilt a few years later. Not much is known about the original castle.

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Duration: 2 h.

The castle of Montsegur

The castle of Montsegur
The castle is most beautiful when you arrive.

Departure

Departure
No difficulty to find the start, there are signs, a parking lot and the castle can be seen from far.

Tariff

The entrance to the castle is not free, half way up you will have to pay the entrance fee: 6,5 E (July - August). The climb is short but a bit steep. It takes about half an hour to get to the castle.

The interior of the castle

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The interior of the castle
Small disappointment at the arrival at the top, the castle is really in ruin, there are only the walls. We can advise the commented visit otherwise the visit can be finished in 15 minutes. The entrance fee is expensive compared to the duration of the visit.

View of the sky

View of the sky
The castle is much more beautiful from afar. It looks much larger than its modest proportions.

View on the surrounding area

View on the surrounding area
We have a beautiful point of view on all the region.

Below the parking lot

Below the parking lot
You can see the cars and the start of the path that leads to the castle.

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