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Chateau d'Arques, Arques

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2.6/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
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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  • I encourage all lovers of old stones to go there. This is the price to pay for preserving the heritage. Well daunting task! Indeed this lack of animation, but quote him is well maintained. I recommend you following your visit a ride on horseback at the start of the village. Even the timid to come out well! As a family, as a couple, with friends and also solo
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  • Quintessential Castle of childhood dreams, the Donjon at Arques is a drawing come to life. Beautiful views out to the village and a good idea of the life in medieval times 
  • I want to give this a 5 and my husband says give it a 3, so we're settling on 4! Beautiful castle with just 2 places intact to explore. However, we were there for about an hour as the donjon (main tow...  read more »
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