Located at the top of a rocky peak, 1207 meters high, the Cathar castle of Montsegur dominates the area because of its height. Built in the XIII century, this castle called "the citadel of vertigo" was the residence of the Cathars and Faydits then of the lords of Levis. The latter restored the castle. A garrison of 30 soldiers had stayed there until the seventeenth century however, from 1510, it was gradually abandoned.
The top of the rocky outcrop of Montsegur has been inhabited for thousands of years. We found traces of life dating from the prehistory and others from the Roman period. The place was fortified by Raymond Péreille following a request from the Cathars. We now know through archaeological excavations that the castle was surrounded by a fortified village.
Schedule and tours of the castle:
- May, June and September: guided tours on Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays at 2:00pm and 3:00pm.
- July and August: Guided tours daily at 11am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:30pm.
- February, March, April, October, November and December: no tour
- For groups of 20 or more : guided tours all year round : call 05 61 01 06 94
- Open houses are available all year except during severe weather conditions when the site is closed.
- Adults: €4.5
- Children (8-15) : €2
- Under 8 : free
- School groups : €4
- Groups of adults : €5
Author : Amandine©
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