Château de Quéribus

Cucugnan, France

Château de Quéribus is a ruined castle in the commune of Cucugnan. It is one of the 'Five Sons of Carcassonne', along with Aguilar, Peyrepertuse, Termes and Puilaurens: five castles strategically placed to defend the French border against the Spanish, until the border was moved in 1659.

Quéribus was first time mentioned in 1021 when it was one of the main Barcelonan strongholds north of the Pyrenees.

It is sometimes regarded as the last Cathar stronghold. After the fall of Montségur in 1244 surviving Cathars gathered together in another mountain-top stronghold on the border of Aragon. In 1255, a French army was dispatched to deal with these remaining Cathars, but they slipped away without a fight, probably to Aragon or Piedmont - both regions where Cathar beliefs were still common, and where the Occitan language was spoken.

Quéribus is high and isolated. It stands on top of the highest peak for miles around. In 1951 restoration work on the turret began, and between 1998-2002 a complete restoration of the castle was undertaken: the castle is now accessible to visitors.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Laura Mcmanus (3 months ago)
Fantastic views, history lesson of the Château also
david wells (6 months ago)
Breath taking views, what a simply amazing place
Miquel H. (8 months ago)
Very impressive. Best to go up on a clear day, but also one with little wind as you've little protection at the top.
stijn vandenbussche (9 months ago)
You go for the view and the road towards the old castle. On your return you will check if you still can see it and realise how a unique viewpoint it was and is
Lucie la Boxer (2 years ago)
Absolut amazing point. Must see before die!
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