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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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  • Through the broadcast of documentaries in the castle that gives more cachet a visit. I recommend.
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  • To visit the Cathar castles is quite a tour of the Languedoc. If you are into history, it's a must. You can start, like we did, by the Mediterranean coast and then meander through the valleys of what ...  more »
  • Simply a stunning example of a castle set in the centre of a medieval town, i was given to understand that it has been the location for a number of movies, so in many respects it speaks volumes. Walki...  more »
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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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