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Cathar Castles - Carcassonne

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The abundance of Cathar history in the Aude region is amazing, with many castles, sites & ruins strategically placed on mountain tops, cliff sides and in hidden valleys. As we are on the ‘road to penitence’, as they say, it just seems all the more appropriate that you visit at least a few while in the South of France.

Let's begin this series of about Cathar castles & ruins with the ever-popular, Carcassonne:

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This medieval Cité was restored in 1853 after have been destroyed several times during history; the 1209 siege being the war against the Cathars, which swept it clean. Being a World Heritage Site you will be astounded by the many towers, turrets, walls within walls, ramparts and drawbridge of this fairy-tale city, which occupies a hill adjacent to the modern city of Carcassonne. You will find within the narrow maze of twisting cobble-stone streets the Château Comtal, which lays claim to the Cathar heritage, sitting within the city’s still intact walls. It is truly a place of amazing charm, even though it is clearly a tourists’ stop. Entry is free to visit the interior of the ancient city & the Comtal castle, within the walls. It is also easily accessible from several large openings & gates with abundant parking at the main entrance, and only 32 kilometers from Azille.

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