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Chateau d'Aguilar, Tuchan

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The Château d'Aguilar is a 12th-century castle, one of the so-called Cathar castles, located in the commune of Tuchan in the Aude département of France.ArchitectureThe design of the castle witnesses the practical military thinking of the 12th century. The castle consists of an inner keep built in the 12th century, surrounded by an outer pentagonal fortification from the 13th century. This fortification is oriented such that its point guards the side most favourable to attackers. The keep and the inner hexagonal fortification is flanked at each corner with semi-circular guard towers, each equipped with archery outlooks. The strategic location of the castle on a hill overhanging the plain of Tuchan allows supervision of the corbières. Despite this, the castle is easily accessible from the plains because of its relatively low elevation of 321 metres.There is a small underground chapel of Saint-Anne below the keep.HistoryThe earliest building at this location belonged to the count of Fonnollède since 1021. In the 13th century, the keep that had replaced earlier buildings was bequeathed by the viscounts of Carcassonne to their vassal, the Ternes.In 1210, it was invaded and occupied by Simon de Montfort, whose soldiers took and held the owner Raymond de Termes in a dark dungeon in the Carcassonne. Militarily, the castle lay dormant for the next 30 years, until Raymond's son Oliver de Termes took back the castle in the brief revolt against the crusaders. Aguilar became the refuge of many faydits, Cathar knights and lords without strongholds. In 1246, a royal garrison was installed to supervise the Aragon frontier.
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  • A real effort has been made to show how this castle might have looked and worked in the time of the Cathars. From the high vantage point you can see for miles across the valley towards Paziols village...  more »
  • This little jewel gets five stars for the renovation work being carried out on the main structure. More modest in size than its overbearing neighbours Quéribus and Peyrepertuse, Aguilar is a pleasing ...  more »
  • This was Chateau No. 1 on our itinerary of our Cathar Way walk. Strikingly situated, it is well worth the visit. As with all of the Cathar castles there is solid climb up to it - make sure you have pl...  more »
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  • Needs some work. But another example of man's defensive efforts and resourcefulness in an ancient landscape
  • Visited during the heritage days. Apart from the view, not much to see apart from old stones and some explanatory panels
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  • Be pretty
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  • A beautiful castle where the ruins are fairly well preserved.
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  • A good warm-up if you start the tour of the Cathar castles.
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