Cathar Castles, Carcassonne Center

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See the World Heritage-listed walled citadel at Cathar Castles and get a glimpse into one of the most dramatic periods of French history. Locals often refer to these castles as "cinq fils de Carcassonne," the five sons of Carcassonne. Built by the French kings to protect the country's southern border against invasions from Spain, the structures stand on spots once occupied by small but heavily fortified villages. Abandoned after France and Spain signed a peace treaty in 1659, the fortresses lost their importance and slowly fell into disrepair. Restored in the 20th century, Carcassonne's castles and their citadel now serve as the region's main tourist attractions. Before you head to Carcassonne, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Carcassonne trip planner , to make sure you see all that Carcassonne has to offer, including Cathar Castles.
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  • It is a castle in the citadel. By believing in the "Catari", it fell as a heretic religion and in the process a robust citadel was built. About 600 years later, restoration began and was restored from ruins. The view from the observation point is often imagined that it was to watch the invasion from the foreign enemy in old times.
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  • Comtal castle of the city of Carcassonne. It was rebuilt by several 19th century architects who made architectural choices to best fit the monument during the St. Louis era. It offers panoramic views of much of the citadel. Too bad that part of the ramparts were only visited from 3pm...
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