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Address: Carcassonne, France
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Learn about humanity and lessons of history

Visiting the Cathar castles and fortifications is a great way to learn architectural, hut more importantly, cultural history. Learn about a group of people who lived, and died... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Visiting the Cathar castles and fortifications is a great way to learn architectural, hut more importantly, cultural history. Learn about a group of people who lived, and died, for their faith See how they built fortresses on top of mountains and hills. Be warned, reaching the summits where these fortresses are located often requires a 15-30 minute strenuous hike. Nevertheless,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

visited several cathar castles with a guide, only 3 of us and we learned a lot about the history of the region. The visit to the 4 castle on top of the hills was the best.

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St. Dogmaels, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Steeped in interesting history and very picturesque. Need to be fit to actually visit castles as on steep sloped peaks. Wonderful natural scenery and vegetation

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

There are quite a lot of them, and they are not all close to Carcassonne. We hired a car and visited Queribus and Peyrepertuse, stopping at Lagrasse on the way (completely dead and a waste of time off season) The two are close together, but about 2 hours from Carcassonne by car, and through remote countryside. The walk up to... More 

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Oakbank, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Not for the faint hearted! The drive up to these castles is hair raising! The Cathar Castles and the climb to Peyrepertuse is daunting but worth every second. I am terrified of heights but I pushed on and witnessed a spectacular feat of architecture that leaves you speechless...... Peyrepertuse must be seen to be believed!

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Gunning, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

There are several Cathar castles, but two, Peyrepertuse and Queribus, stand out as they face one another across a wide valley. Both are splendid in their different ways but be prepared to climb! Google the history of these ancient monuments to put them in context, but just be amazed anyway.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Perched dangerously upon mountains, the Cathar castles are incomparable. The climb th Peyrepertuse is daunting if you are neither fit nor young, but worth the effort. Queribus etc also sensational.

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

These are an amazing insight into what man can build in the most amazing places. The castles both ruins or in the case of Carcassonne are a wonder to walk round and investigate the history of the Cathar's and the crusades against them. Learn all about Simon De Montford and his part in history both in Britain and abroad. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

loved the history of the place initially disappointed with commercial aspects but that's what keeps the place going and pays for renovations

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

After walking the walls and going through the medieval town, we paid to go inside the castle. This included some better walls, lots of stairs and some terrific rooms. Well worth it.

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