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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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  • Pity that it was closed by works but only in previous outdoor construction explanation of chapeau Guide...
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  • Of the most beautiful castles than others, history lovers are in paradise. It is not possible to see everything.
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  • Love of medieval castles led us in Carcassonne. have not regretted a single moment, even in spite of the high price of the excursion. In the castle there are what look and there are with than most. Kunckamer lovers too will be interesting.
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