Cathars and Castles
For travel in Cathar Country:
by rose marie
February 16, 2011
Time and again I am taken aback by the pictures of the greatness of the ruins that are left on the cliffs in the South of France. These ruins are referred to as “Cathar Castles”, but are almost all built on and from the left-overs of what used to be the strongholds of the Cathars during the times of inquisition between 1150 and 1250. The Cathar buildings have been destroyed like everything else that was associated with them.
Except for the Cathar spirit of course, because that was/is beyond being destroyed. And it was this indestructible spirit that, in my opinion, scared the inquisition the most. That spirit was of such a natural power that whatever force was directed to it, it would remain unwavering even into the flames as history tells us and which is evident in a lot of places in the Aude and Ariege.
Queribus as we see it now, used to be a watch point to foretell the movements of the Spanish army in the days that this region was alternately French and Spanish. Walking between and over these fortifications takes you back in time and makes you feel like you are balancing between heaven and earth…
The views from these remnants are spectacular: at clear days you can even see the Mediterranean…
In our travels we will take you to this spot or to any of the other Castles that are known as the Cathar Castles, each of which have their own story. They have all left an enormous impact on the area. For more information please check out our website at: http://www.balance-in-action.com