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Cathar Castles, Carcassonne
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See the World Heritage-listed walled citadel at Cathar Castles and get a glimpse into one of the most dramatic periods of French history. Locals often refer to these castles as "cinq fils de Carcassonne," the five sons of Carcassonne. Built by the French kings to protect the country's southern border against invasions from Spain, the structures stand on spots once occupied by small but heavily fortified villages. Abandoned after France and Spain signed a peace treaty in 1659, the fortresses lost their importance and slowly fell into disrepair. Restored in the 20th century, Carcassonne's castles and their citadel now serve as the region's main tourist attractions. Put Cathar Castles into our Carcassonne tourist route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Browse and soak you to the history of these castles built by the "pure", for to protect him from the representative of the Church, the terrible Simon de Montfort, genocidal of those wrongly called the "Albigensian
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  • Impressed simply majestic beautiful restaurant choices ballads to visit nice lots of history we had a beautiful weekend weather and had a drink on the terrace nice lighting night
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  • Kataarien strongholds are located in remote places often really high and. They, however, it is enough to see and the views from the top of the Hill. If the ruins and fortresses of interest, these supports to get around.
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  • Ever heard of the Cathars? They were big in this part of the world 800 years ago and they changed world history. If you.re interested in them you could read some books about them, or come on one of these week-long tours, or better still do both. Highly recommended Tours. Thrilling history. This really is as good as it gets.
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