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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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  • September 25, 2017
    A very nice Castle. Animations are organized some summer days: test of archery, crossbow, to the sword, reconstruction... a great time!
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  • August 28, 2017
    Very nice Castle in ruins with a magnificent panorama. Wonderful views! We had the chance to see in addition to medieval animations that children were able to share (archery. Sword. Games. ..)
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  • August 28, 2017
    This more modest than Peypertuse, Quéribus or Puilaurens Castle has something special. It is atypical by some of its architectures and a leaflet is offered at the entrance with a very interesting explanation written by the young lady at the reception. Bravo! Adults should build. It brings real added value to this charming Castle. I recommend.
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  • September 23, 2017
    Beautiful fairly well preserved Castle not very high but pretty view of the ramparts, narrow road by car
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  • August 21, 2017
    Wonderful point of view on the surroundings and cool animations by enthusiasts avoid the hottest hours of the day: little opportunity of refreshment or even shadow point
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  • September 28, 2017
    Beautiful view and guided tour in the summer
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  • July 11, 2017
    Fine jute nothing to say for what he believe it is free no it is paying €4 adults
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  • September 28, 2017
    Splendid view over the vineyards
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