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Quéribus Castle


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Quéribus Castle is one of the Cathar Castles, located in the eastern Pyrennees 40 km NW of Perpignan. This 10th-century fortress rises vertically from a high rocky ridge, and most of the towers and walls remain today.

Quéribus Castle dates back to the 11th century; it was first mentioned in 1021. It was linked to the kingdoms of Spain and Aragon until the 13th century. During the Albigensian Crusade, Quéribus was ruled by Chabert de Barbaira, a Knight and a notorious heretic fanatically opposed to the Crusades. Under his rule Quéribus became a refuge for the Cathars. And, with the fall of Montségur Castle in 1244, many of the remaining Cathars came to Quéribus and nearby Puilaurens Castle for refuge. The Chateau de Quéribus is considered the last stonghold of the Cathars during the Albigensian Crusade.

Quéribus had various political protections for about a decade, but when they died out, King Louis IX ordered the taking of the castle. In May 1255, Olivier de Termes laid siege; in just three weeks, the defender Chabert de Barbaira traded his own liberty for the castle, and Quéribus belonged to the Crown.

France, Aragon, Spain Frontier Fortresses. During the 13th and 14th centuries, the castles of Quéribus, Peyrepertuse Puilaurens and Aguilar were situated along the border between the Kingdom of France and the Kingdom of Aragon (later Spain), and all were built up and maintained as royal fortresses.

Full Disclosure. On our most recent trip through the area (June 2019) we didn't visit Quéribus Castle. We were pressed for time, trying to visit several Cathar castles and abbeys in only five days, so Quéribus got down-prioritised. We did drive up to Grau de Maury and take a few photos of the castle, and admire it from a 1-km distance. On our next trip into the eastern Pyrenees it will be at the top of our list.

Visiting Quéribus Castle

From the village of Cucugnan it's only 2 km south, up the D123 road to a wide junction at Grau de Maury. Here you turn left (east) and follow a very narrow road (in good condition, with good visibility) for 1.3 km to the parking area for the castle. Reception area, with toilets and ticket booth are located at the parking. The walk up to the castle is 350 m (about 10 minutes), with only 30 m vertical slope.

Practial. (2019)
Cost: 7.50 euros (includes 1 show); 9.50 € (with 2 shows)
Open July-Aug: 9h-20
Open Apr-June, Sept: 9h30 to 18h or 19h
Open Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec: 10h to 17h

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