Château de Lordat

Lordat, France

Château de Lordat castle dates back to the 9th and 10th centuries (mentioned first time in 970 AD). Around 1244 it was occupied by the Cathars during the crusade against the Albigensians. Lordat family abandoned the castle at the time of religious wars of France. Dismantled by the order of Henry IV in 1582, the castle fell gradually in ruins. The entrance is protected by a square tower which still has its original appearance.

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Le Village 3, Lordat, France
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Founded: 10th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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Michal Vitáloš (8 months ago)
Amazing views! Info boards with the history of the place, free entry.
Riki Harris (11 months ago)
The views and castle are nice. It is depressing that they leave the birds in the heat with such small cages all alone. The bald eagle is not native to France so it’s purely for the spectacle even if they talk about conservation. It broke my heart and I would not have come if I knew that’s what I’d be seeing.
Tom Cassaert (13 months ago)
Stars only for the castle. Shame on the city hall for such poor care of amenities EDIT following owner response: the toilets are part of the castle visit, sir. So you should take care of those or contact city to do so. The only reason the toilets exist is for visiting the castle
Alastair STEPHEN (Alastair) (2 years ago)
Stunning views from the ruins of a 1000 year old cathar castle . There is no disabled access and a very steep and rough path to the castle remains . There are public toilets in the square just below the castle Interesting to imagine what life must have been like when it was occupied . Heating in the winter would have been labour intensive , and the very act of building and maintaining it must have been tremendously difficult. If one imagines a siege situation where all food , water and ammunition had to be sourced and stored inside for lengthy periods, imagining the conditions of the time becomes quite dark and forbidding . From the castle one can see what appears at first sight to be a chairlift. It is in fact a system of mechanised buckets transferring talc from the mine in the mountains down to the factory in the town below .
Rose L (2 years ago)
Beautiful chateaux with amazing energy and views. The site with the viewing platform nearby was beautiful too but more challenging to think about as it had likely been a graveyard. Well worth a visit, loved it!
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