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Chateau de Saissac, Saissac
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The Château de Saissac is a ruined castle, one of the so-called Cathar castles, in the southernmost tip of the commune of Saissac in the Aude département in the north-west of Carcassonne, France. It was once the residence of the powerful vassal family of Trencavel. Today the ruins are protected as official historical monuments of France.HistoryThe castle dominates the rocky headland and the ravine of Vernassonne, at an important strategic position at the entry of the Montagne noire. Based on historical texts, it can be dated to at least 960. It was bequeathed by the bishop of Toulouse to the Count of Carcassonne. In the 11th century, the castle was pledged to powerful vassals in the country. They formed a junior branch under the counts of Foix who formed at the time the lineage of Saissac. It is important all the same to note the presence of a castrum under the current caste, probably dating from the 11th century, though its origin can date to the time of the Visigoths.At the time of the Albigensian Crusade in 1229, the lord of Saissac, Bertrand de Saissac, himself a Cathar, was the tutor of Raymond Roger de Trencavel. They were subjugated and stripped of their titles. Bouchard de Marly ordered the seizing of the castle and its goods; it was only later, after 1234, that the castle was restored by Lambert de Thursey, another companion of Montfort.
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  • This is a fantastic Cathar castle dating from the tenth century. The effort put into its gradual restoration is enormous and will no doubt take several more decades but the results so far are amazing....  more »
  • Nice Castle in ruins, 2 restored rooms are very pretty, for the rest we quickly made the rounds. The castle is most beautiful far from ready.
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  • There are only ruins but a fireworks for July 14, bad luck for this year following the attacks of nice there summer deletes and I the the Felicities for this initiative
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  • This was a nice afternoon outing for us (family with two young teens). While the castle is partially ruined, there is enough there to see most of what it was like. There were plenty of areas to explore and lots of exhibits to go see. We were at the castle for about 1.5 hours which seemed enough for us. It seemed pretty difficult to find parking close to the castle so we parked up by the main road and walked in which worked well for us.
  • Beautiful located remains of a castle. From here on a clear day there is a beautiful view towards Pyrenees. Don't forget to top in the village of hiking for a nice overview about the ruin that is now being refurbished. In one of the rooms there is a permanent exhibition.
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  • Interesting. The visit yesterday was satisfactory. To reward the Treasury and efforts for restoration.
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  • Castle with a few well preserved walls, the visit is relatively fast but contains some exhibitions with well chosen themes
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  • Saissac charming small village in the Aude, with its magnificent Cathar Castle.
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