Cathar Country

We are living in the middle of Cathar Country. The Cathars were a religious group in the middle ages (11th-13th centuries) that among other things disagreed with the Catholic Church about the nature of Jesus Christ. That was a fatal disagreement. The Church declared a crusade to kill all the Cathars and take their lands. Slowly the group was forced into high mountains and built chateaux on the crags. There they were slowly starved and beaten until they disappeared. All that is left are ruins of their castles on many of the peaks in the region. They stand in silent testimony to our human unwillingness to accept different beliefs among our fellow beings.

Yesterday we drove some of the small roads around here looking at the mountain and searching for Chathar Chateaux. One of the finest ruins is in Lastours. This four part castle sits high on a crag overlooking the village.



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About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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2 Responses to Cathar Country

  1. Pingback: Walled Medieval Towns | Travels With Picasso

  2. Carolyn says:

    I think it is called persecution for the true scriptural faith once delivered to the saints! The church then and today has so many man made laws and errors and incorporates paganistic practices, and most don’t even know it..

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