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Musee de Montsegur, Montsegur

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The Château de Montségur is a former fortress near Montségur, a commune in the Ariège department in southwestern France. Its ruins are the site of a razed stronghold of the Cathars. The present fortress on the site, though described as one of the "Cathar castles," is actually of a later period. It has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1862.GeographyThe ruins of Montségur are perched at a precarious altitude in the south of France near the Pyrenees. Located in the heart of France's Languedoc-Midi-Pyrénées regions, 80km southwest of Carcassonne, Montségur dominates a rock formation known as a pog — a term derived from the Languedocien dialect of Occitan — puòg or puèg, meaning "peak, hill, mountain."HistoryThe earliest signs of human settlement in the area date back to the stone age, around 80,000 years ago. Evidence of Roman occupation such as Roman currency and tools have also been found in and around the site. Its name comes from Latin mons securus, which evolved into mont ségur in Occitan, which means "safe hill". In the Middle Ages the Montsegur region was ruled by the Counts of Toulouse, the Viscounts of Carcassonne and finally the Counts of Foix. Little is known about the fortification until the time of the Albigensian Crusade.
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  • A small museum dedicated to katarizmu and Monsegjuru. We paid for entrance to 2.5 euros, but it was in the low season. Visitors quite a bit.
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  • Compulsory visit in addition to the visit to the Castle. The Museum is well managed and pleasant to visit. As a family, with friends, solo.
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  • Very good Museum, well built, didactics and has a small but well-stocked shop. Friendly and picturesque to visit.
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  • Beautiful site of Catholic genocide.
  • Such beautiful views especially if up early in the morning
  • Impressive Place with a great history.
  • Incredible view from the summit.
  • It's a good walk up there. Just four walls and open to the sky when you get there. Wear good shoes. A bit overrated and the Cather bit is now purely commercial caused by the area tourist authorities. Good for the exercise though.