Queribus Castle - A Cathar Fortress
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Queribus Castle is considered the last stonghold of the cathare resistence.
Its fall in 1255 marks the end of the Crusade against the cathars.
The castle is situated on a 729 meter high rock above the picturesque village of Cucugnan.
From this isolated pointy promontory the castle surveys the Languedoc plains, the Alberes massif and further the Mediterranean sea.It is considered to be one of the "Five Sons of Carcassone" along with Termes, Puilaurens, Peyrepertuse and Aguilar the famous line of five strategically placed castles that was protecting the french border with Spain - until 1659 when the border was moved after the "Treaty of the Pyrenees" more south.
The castle still preserves many vestiges of the times when it was inhabited: living quarters, fireplaces, etc.
The castle is accessible after a 10 minutes "medium" grade hike from the parking lot.
February:10am to 5:30pm
March:10am to 6pm
April, May, June,September: 9:30am to 7pm
July, August:9am to 8pm
October: 10am to 6:30 pm