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Cathar Castles

Address: Carcassonne, France
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Ranked #1 of 29 Attractions in Carcassonne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Milan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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Galway
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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Raleigh, NC
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188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
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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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The region is full of wonderful castles. It is a veritable treasure trove for anyone who is interested in medieval history and the Knights Templar.

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Portland,Maine
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

incredible history and beauty, both natural and ma made! Travelling through the Langue'doc Rouilsson region was like being in a history book! The people are amazingly friendly and very helpful. The castles are beautiful and yet sad when you read of the events around them.

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Lancaster, VA
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

With only an afternoon to seek out castles, we had to choose and we chose Chateau Lastours, north of Carcassonne. We were able to get close by car, but still had a stiff 20 minute climb to the castle. These ruins are fascinating, but they are not for the unfit. It was a tough climb (we are in our 60s),... More 

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