unfinished

Château de Monségur


Château de Monségur
Distant view of the famous castle of Monségur, in the South of France, on the threshold of the high Pyrenees.

In Monségur the Cathars found their last refuge and stronghold, but they were besieged by the Royal French army and in 1244 they were defeated and many of them were burned in a bonfire at the foot of the ‘pog’.

Photos were made while hiking on the ‘plateau de Sault’, altitude 1250m.) not far from the village of Comus.

Advertisements
Standard
unfinished

Montaillou


Montaillou
The ruin of the enigmatic castle in Montaillou (Château de Montaillou), in the Arriège region, in France. A long time ago, in the 13th century, it was a remote stronghold of the Cathars. 

Up to this very day you can still find the same names on tombstones in Montaillou’s graveyard (and in neighboring villages like Prades, Comus or Camurac), which were already present 700 years ago, in the files of the Inquisition. 

The legendary treasure of the Cathars is rumoured to have been hidden on this site by a bunch of fellow fighters who were able to escape from the besieged ‘Château de Monségur’ (about 15km. to the north). 

But there is no hard evidence backing up this allegation.

Standard
unfinished

Château de Monségur


Château de Monségur
The ‘Château de Monségur’ in the French Pyrenees, as seen in the distance from high up on the ‘plateau de Sault’ (1300m above sea level) which is located partly in the Aude region and partly in the Ariège.

Monségur was one of the last pockets of cathar resistance against the armada of the French king and the Catholic Church. The story goes that some Cathars managed to escape at night and to carry the legendary Cathar treasure to the mythic village of Rennes-le-Château. There is, however, no physical evidence of this event and nobody knows anything for sure about the real nature of the treasure.

Except for Abbé Saunière. 😊

Photo: 12 days ago.

Standard