A delightfully-accessible 13th-century fortress that now lies in ruins above Bosanska Krupa, this should be your first stop when in town. There isn’t a huge amount to see within the ruins (they are ruins, after all), but that intangible sense of history that only decrepitude can create is most certainly here. The views are stunning too, extending over both side of the city with the rivers playing a starring role. The fortress was originally in Croatian hands, although it eventually fell to the Ottomans in the 16th century, at which point the town began to grow. The Ottomans were sure to keep this spot well-stocked, as it was an important stronghold for their ambitions to spread west, although it never really worked out for them in that respect. This is history, intangible history, with added beauty.References:
The Château de Foix dominates the town of Foix. An important tourist site, it is known as a centre of the Cathars. Built on an older 7th-century fortification, the castle is known from 987. In 1002, it was mentioned in the will of Roger I, Count of Carcassonne, who bequeathed the fortress to his youngest child, Bernard. In effect, the family ruling over the region were installed here which allowed them to control access to the upper Ariège valley and to keep surveillance from this strategic point over the lower land, protected behind impregnable walls.
In 1034, the castle became capital of the County of Foix and played a decisive role in medieval military history. During the two following centuries, the castle was home to Counts with shining personalities who became the soul of the Occitan resistance during the crusade against the Albigensians.