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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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  • September 27, 2017
    beautiful place with an exhibition in some rooms, parking in the village walk fun walk in the village (quiet, no animation), there are exhibitions in some rooms of the Castle
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  • September 8, 2017
    Among the wonderful sites to see in the area, a visit is not necessary. Can of interest for this castle which requires a good walk in a little lively village to discover a few parts of the walls in ruin. It's the imagination, but pay € 5 for a walk round a half hour under 36 ° didn't deserve moving.
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  • September 6, 2017
    My wife has mobility problems so this site was particularly challenging. Access to the dedicated parking is from the road at the bottom of the village, not the top. We walked all the way down through ...  more »
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  • October 31, 2016
    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.
  • July 16, 2017
    Lovely castle
  • July 31, 2017
    Partially restored ruin that is. From the upper part of Saissac you can admire the castle ruin from some panoramic views. The entrance fee is not that expensive, but all in all, we found the visit to the ruin itself not so special. There is one permanent and one temporary exhibition in the restored areas, both small exhibitions.
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  • September 6, 2017
    Castle in restoration Court nice tour for me its Museum is not in coordination with the Castle... nice nice site.
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  • October 8, 2017
    Will a site prices
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