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Cathar Castles

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Address: Carcassonne, France
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Visting cathar castle it is a dareful thing ,requests a good pysical condition. The cathars were all able to read and to write in the 12 century and if they know to read you can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Visting cathar castle it is a dareful thing ,requests a good pysical condition. The cathars were all able to read and to write in the 12 century and if they know to read you can t fool them anymore.Another reason were their strong believes that the woman was equal to a man.Their image associate with les templiers it is another... More 

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Paoli, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Visiting the castles provides an intriguing tale of religion, inquisition, politics and enduring legends. The castles bring the story to life and you really want to know who the Cathars were, why were they really persecuted and is there a connection with the Knight Templars and treasure. The mountain-top castles are engineering marvels and awe inspiring. Stopping for a coffee... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

It's just a ruin high up, out of sight. But its history and the beauty of the countryside make this fortress worth a visit. And if you walk up to the ruins, takes a good hour, then you get an absolutely spectacular view of the countryside. We loved it because we'd read about it in Kate Mosse's Labyrinth and were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

castle nestled on the top of an inaccessible rocket mountain. The castle itself is just the remains of an historical fortress which is essential part of the catars' war against the Roman Church

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The Cathar region is full of history. In every village there's a castle. However, many castles are closed over the winter months. But they are nonetheless worth visiting as you can drive and even walk up close to most places. In the winter, there are basically no tourists, so you have the place all to yourself. We only had 2... More 

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Barry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Full of atmosphere and scary heights. Be prepared for the climbs but the views are worth it. Take plenty of water, a camera and binoculars

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This was clearly a unique time in history. The legacy that has been left is mind boggling. To have built castles in the the most difficult of locations was an extraordinary achievement ! How they did this pre-Industrialastion is amazing! We found it tough enough to drive up through the mountains in a modern day car ! Tots amazing!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I spent 3 days exploring the various Cathar castles in this region and I relished learning the interesting history of these Medieval protesting Catholics who existed 100's of years before Martin Luther. Lots of variety from the tame and easy to see buildings to the very remote that make make you really work and climb to access them!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Le Cite and cathar castles in the Pyrenees were an incredible historical experience! If you like history, this is a must. Don't miss the ruins of the Peyrepertuse Castle. It is a short drive from Carcassone, easy accessible by a road which ends with a parking lot just below the cliff. It's the most beautiful and well-preserved of many other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We visited 4 Cathar castles near Carcassonne. Each was very different and unique. But they are a little remote, so you must have a car to get to them. All 4 required a small hike, so no flip flops and no handicap access. Highly recommended!

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