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Cathar Castle Maps Our maps of the Cathar Castles show the areas south of Carcassonne and north of Carcassonne. cathars-region-map001bb250.jpg     cathars-region-map002bb250.jpg
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Aguilar Castle

Hilltop royal fortress ruins, views, visitable, by Tuchan village.
Location: 65 km west of Perpignan; 20 km SE of Quillan
[Aguilar Map]



The Arques Castle retains a tall donjon building complete with four round corner towers. It's in the heart of the Cathar region but built at the end of the Cathar period of 1209-1229, construction being finally completed in 1316.
Location: 6 km east of Couiza; 18 km northeast of Quillan; 20 km southeast of Limoux.
[Cathars Region Map South]

Carcassonne Walled City

The Cité de Carcassonne has been fortified since Gallo-Roman times. In the 12th century the inhabitants were sided with the Cathars. On 1 August, 1209, the Albigensian Crusade arrived at Carcassonne and began their seige. On 15 August, the city surrendered, and the people departed, "carrying nothing but their sins".
Location: 50 km west of Narbonne.

Chalabre Castle

Chateau visitable, events.
Location: 30 km SW of Limoux ; 26 km NW of Quillan
[Chalabre Puivert Map]

Hautpoul Castle

Chateau ruins only, overlooking village, beside small town of Mazamet. (North, in the Tarn)
Location: 45 km north of Carcassonne; 24 km SE of Castres
[Cathars Region Map North]

Lastours Castles

Lastours Castles are a tight group of four defensive structures clustered on rocky ridges of the Cabardès hills north of Carcassonne, built as a novel variant of a single larger castle. They were built in the 11th century, at the peak of the Cathar (and antil-Cathar Albigensian) period.
Location: 15 km north of Carcassonne.
[Cathars Region Map North]

Lordat Castle

Chateau ruins overlooking a tiny village.
Location: 15 km NW of Ax-les-Terms; 35 km SE of Foix; - 12 km SW of Montségur as the crow flies, 65 km by road.


Picturesque fortified village, ruins of chateau, museum.
Location: 25 km northwest of Narbonne.
[Minerve Map]

Montségur Castle

13th-century castle ruins on high rock, beside a tiny village (pop 131)
Location: 33 km SE of Foix; 51 km west of Quillan
[Montségur Map]

Padern Castle

Castle ruins on low Hilltop beside the small village (pop 124)
Location: 48 km NW of Perpignan; 55 km east of Quillan, 9 km NE of Quéribus castle, 11 km SW of Agillar castle.
[Peyrepertuse Quéribus Padern Map]

Peyrepertuse Castle

Ruined fortress on 800m-high ridge. Large double-area of ruins to explore
Location: 50 km NW of Perpignan; 57 km east of Quillan; 11 km NW of Quéribus Castle
[Peyrepertuse Quéribus Padern Map]

Puilaurens Castle

Lofty medieval castle ruins with a view.
Location: 63 km west of Perpignan; 20 km SE of Quillan
[Cathars Region Map South]

Puivert Castle

Castle ruins with minstrel sculptures.
Location: 16 km NW of Quillan; 31 km SE of Mirepoix; 48 km east of Foix;
[Chalabre Puivert Map]

Quéribus Castle

Castle ruins with a tower on a high rock.
Location: 42 km NW of Perpignan; 48 km east of Quillan
[Peyrepertuse Quéribus Padern Map]


A couple of watch-towers in the hilltop village, which has the Ste-Madeleine church and the ancient mystery of the treasure of Abbey Berenger Saniere>
Location: 3 km SE of Couiza; 9 km NE of Quillan.
[Rennes-le-Chateau Map]

Roquefixade Castle

Cathar castle ruins on a cliff overlooking Roquefixade village 09300
Location: 19 km east of Foix; 46 km west of Quillan; 15 km NW of Montségur

Saissac Castle

Castle ruins (high walls, partly restored) at edge of nice village.
Location: 15 km northwest of Carcassonne; 15 km west of Lastours; 9 km northwest of Aragon.
[Cathars Region Map North]

Termes Castle

 Termes Castle photo termes-chateau0008b400.jpg

Castle ruins and walls on hilltop, outside village; dirt-road access.
Location: 21 km SW of Lagrasse.

Usson Castle

Chateau extensive hilltop ruins beside 09460 Rouze, Ariège; south of Montségur.
Location: 10 km east of Ax-les-Thermes.


Intact visitable castle in the village.
Location: 14 km south of Lagrasse; in Villerouge-Termenè village.

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