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Chateau d'Arques, Arques

Not to be confused with Château d'Arques-la-Bataille in Seine-Maritime.The Château d'Arques is a ruined 14th-century castle in the commune of Arques in the Aude département of France. It is one of the so-called Cathar castles.HistoryIn the 12th century, there was a conflict between the viscount of Carcassonne and several seigneurs, including Arques and Lagrasse. The estates at Arques became the property of the seigneurs of Termes.In 1217, Béranger d'Arques was one of the associates of Guillaume de Peyrepertuse.In 1231, after the defeat of the Château de Termes during the Albigensian Crusade, Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester, attacked Arques. After having burned the village (Villa de Arquis), situated on the banks of the Rialsès, he gave this part of Razès to one of his lieutenants, Pierre de Voisins.In 1284, Gilles de Voisins bagan work on building a castle, with the intention of defending the Rialsès valley and controlling the transhumance routes leading to the Corbières.
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  • Unique Castle, an unusual and beautifully renovated completely keep open. Absolutely recommend a visit. If you are afraid of bats beware is flooded.
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  • We were a bit disappointed of this castle. A bit expensive (€6) because there is really only a Dungeon to visit, and no point of view.
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  • After Quéribus and Montségur, Puilaurens Castle is more common. But the visit is to do. Building in very good condition.
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  • Lovely donjon.
  • Compact chateau, pretty surrounds.
  • The original Castle rises only the main tower, composed of 4 levels, currently restored all of them. You can enjoy its interior and the views of the environment (people and forest of Arques). Highly recommended.
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  • Great tour very well preserved and restored. Pause much pleasant and without meteoric rise.
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  • Interesting to see when you are in the area. The castle is in very good condition.
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