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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995

The simple stone church in the village is said to date from the 18th century, but the engraving over the door is "1660".

The Salz [Sals] river name was derived from its salty taste.

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History of Coustaussa

There are vestiges of prehistoric and Roman-era habitation.

Medieval: The hilltop site of Coustaussa controlled to the Aude valley from the Corbières to the east (towards the Mediterranean coast). The original castle was built in the 12th century by the Trencavels. In 1210, Simon de Montfort arrived in Coustaussa, returning from Termes where he had destroyed the castle and captured Raymond of Termes. Simon de Montfort found Coustaussa castle abandonded, but there was a garrison to massacre and he pillaged and burnt the town, before continuing on to Puivert to begin a seige.


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IGN (1/25,000) #2347 OT "Quillan, Alet-les-Bains"

The hiking trail looping east from Couiza passes through Coustaussa and out the Salz valley. We dropped down across the river and hiked up to Rennes-le-Chateau.

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