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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