Wrongly named Cathar castles when no Cathar ever lived there, they are one of the first mass-produced buildings inspired by the model of fortifications promoted by Philippe Auguste.
At the end of the crusade against the Albigenses, the king intends to establish his power on a newly conquered territory. To achieve this, a series of defensive sites were erected over the course of a few decades, dominating the valleys, hugging the rugged terrain. Their mission is multiple. Elements of defense against the powerful crown of Aragon, they monitor the new border resulting from the Treaty of Corbeil signed in 1258.
Below, photo galleries of some Cathar Country castles and others.