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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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  • The village bought the ruins of this castle about 10 years ago, and stabilised some of the walls and rebuilt a couple of rooms that now act as a museum primarily for a small find of very old coins fou...  more »
  • off-season places empty as restaurants go to saisonrien open go visit the villages between saissac and carcasonne
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  • Do not hesitate to go see these castle ruins... it's worth the look... and if you must eat somewhere go directly to the tavern of the Castle... small restaurant very good and very welcoming...
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