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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 (link=no).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 »
  • Visited with the intent of getting to see the Chateau but failed. I'm able bodied but my partner is less so, and the hilly streets create a bit of a problem, no matter the intrepid me scouts ahead and...  more »
  • Stunning cathar castle being beautifully preserved. Loved the "treasure " collection in the small museum. The town is very dramatic and beautiful too.  more »