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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

No elevator so need to go up and down stairs but if walking no problem well worth a visit. Can see medieval town from castle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

So much history in Carcassonne .but lovely on the eye .plenty to see .the old town is so French to look at and lovely restaurants to eat in

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I did a lot of preparation before we got to southern France. Not physical, but research. I read all about the Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade. It is a fascinating period of history with a lot of bias and "romance" entwined with fact. A great source was the website: www.cathar.info It told about the Cathar belief system, their history, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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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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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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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