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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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  • We are lovers of medieval period, was us even the replenishment. The Cathar castles-through while you are in the area is a must. Access the site by car is quite steep but later walk the distance is very short. Unlike other castles, physical exertion is not insurmountable. Hospitality is perfect, the Lady of the entry is particularly friendly and the start of the tour is at the top. €4 for visit this site do me not exorbitant! Compared to these other brothers, Aguilar in dire need of explanation. The audio guide would be a plus, here there is a small very light issue with most of the explanations. An unsuspecting audience will tour the site in two times three movements. The view is breathtaking from this promontory, but I would tend to say that this is a very logical for a castle which was the defense of a region. In short, if you like, we'll once again, if it's just curiosity, there are better in the region.
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  • Small uphill to get to the Castle bewitching place. Interesting explanations along the way.
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  • Beautiful Castle a bit in ruins but the landscapes are fabulous. We travel in time between the castles of the 12th century and wind turbines (damage)
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  • Needs some work. But another example of man's defensive efforts and resourcefulness in an ancient landscape
  • Tres bien! But are better castles in this region.
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  • 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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