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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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  • The castle of Aguilar is part of the whole of the Cathar castles of the Aude, it is certainly less known than others, such as Queribus and Peyrepertuse, but it would be a shame not to visit. Tourist agent is competent and is pleased to learn about tourism aspects of the region. I highly recommend this tour.
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  • With a relatively delicate car access, the path being narrow and not allowing that difficult to interbreed, this castle is in my opinion a bit under these neighbors Queribus and Peyrepertus. The visit is fast enough and the price a bit expensive. I'm aware of the costs of maintenance and renovation, so slight downside that said. The view is superb on the Corbières, can be one of the most beautiful!
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  • Very interesting Cathar Castle, beautiful and with a structure rather well preserved. Less dizzying than the other nearby castles, it is no less worth because is in addition to those more known. Access by car a bit delicate because very narrow road, but it still passes. Interesting explanations. Only caveat: the real opening that do not necessarily match those announced on the internet.
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  • Needs some work. But another example of man's defensive efforts and resourcefulness in an ancient landscape
  • Very accessible castle, certainly in a State lower than on the other but very authentic. A more animated medieval at the top too good for kids as for parents, and for a small fee
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  • The Castle has fantastic views and is in good condition.
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  • Very beautiful landscape bravo for the work. C is mieux👍
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  • Beautiful pretty well preserved Castle
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