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“Which one - there are so many!”
Review of Cathar Castles

Cathar Castles
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35 Minutes Cathar Castles Tour by Helicopter
Ranked #3 of 72 things to do in Carcassonne
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Which one - there are so many!”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Carcassonne, Lastours, Queribus, Peyrepetuse, Villerouge-Termines, Puillaurens to name but a few. Some, like Carcassonne and Villlrouge-Termines have been restored and give insights into Catharism. At Arques, in the village there is a museum devoted to the history of Cathars. There are others. Some of the castles are ruins, such as Queribus and Peyrepetuse but once you have climbed up to the top of these the views are stunning but do take stout walking shoes. High heels, flip flops and sandals are useless unless you want to crawl up (some people have been seen doing just that!). You also need some tolerance of heights. Vertigo sufferers won't get very far. But once you start looking at this aspect of history you can easily become totally engrossed in it.
On the Cathar trail it is worth visiting Minerve and Beziers, both places where the population was executed to death by burning.

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Gave prospective on this group of early Christians.
These people were prosecuted and were considered rogue by the early church.

Visited September 2012
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Washington, DC
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“don't miss these glorious fortresses”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Honestly, you could skip the reconstructed Carcassone, and instead,rent a car and visit the real fortresses in Cathar Country. They require some physical exertion to get all the way up to each one, but well worth it.

Visited May 2013
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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8 reviews
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“Enticing and intriguing”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Persecution and religious intolerance are common themes of history and a sad moment for the Catholic Church during the late Middle Ages. These Castles help to keep alive the story of these good, religious people who sought refuge in their ramparts in attempt to keep their faith. The climb to many is as difficult as the plight of their people, but on a clear day you can see all the way to Spain from their ramparts.

Visited April 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Minerve is worth a side trip”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Minerve is a Medieval village not far from its famous neighbor, Carcassonne. It sits atop a high rock, which is the main reason that its Medieval houses have survived so well. There's not much there except the experience of stepping back in time and enjoying modern views of the countryside. Also, if you have a GPS, consider striking off cross country, particularly over the mountains, for amazing views and quaint villages. Just drive and lose yourself in the beautiful countryside

Visited April 2013
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