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Les Châteaux et Abbayes en Pays cathare

Castles in the Aude the term “Cathar Castles” means a group of castles located in an area where  catharism developed. After the failure of  Carcassonne reconquest by  Vicomte Trencavel in 1240, la cité de Carcassonne was considerably strengthened by the french royal power, new master of the land. This  wahsh small castra in Corbières and citadels erected there to guard the border with the Kingdom of Aragon. These five castles were thenappointed the five son of Carcassonne :

These five fortresses resisted the various assaults led by the Aragonese army. The royal defence system is based on a powerful logistics hub that is the five son of Carcassonne and on castles scattered on the frontline. These lookout castles, arranged on the ridge line, were already occupied by the defenders of Cathars because of their strategic position.


Discover near Camping Village Grand Sud

– Abbey of  Lagrasse,

– Abbey of St Hilaire,

– Abbey of Fontcouverte,

– Abbey of Villelongue,

– Abbey of Caunes Minervois,