is steeped in such a sorrowful history that one can almost feel it as you pass the cross memorial and climb the winding path to its broken walls. It holds a special place in my heart. My husband, who was raised in Toulouse France, first brought me here and recounted its tragic history
. Now I've visited numerous times, taken our children and friends there, and each time I learn something new from the experience. The castle fort just previous to the one we can now see was impregnable until treachery breached its walls and brought about the deaths of hundreds of innocents, who were burnt at the stake. Of course this happened a very long time ago and even though the castle we see isn't the one razed by the powers that were at the time, the feeling of unjustness embodies it, as does the history of those who were persecuted, the Cathars
. However, the side dwellings ruins plainly seen on the far side at the base of the walls are original to the Cathars. Montségur
is as shrouded in legend as it is in the mists that often obscure it. Set in the Pyrénées, if you are a history buff or a photographer, this place is a must see. It is a quiet area and off the beaten path. The village below the old castle on its rock-strewn knoll is quaint and a perfect place for a picnic. The hike up to the old fortified castle is steep so wear good footwear. If the day is clear, and sometimes even if it isn't, you will find the view is stunning and well worth the climb.
Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and the history. I have always been facinated with stone buildingsm Your family is lovely too.ReplyDelete
Totally AWESOME!!! I'd love to visit and explore that Castle!!ReplyDelete
You're making me want to plan a trip! Despite the sorrowful history, it looks to be a beautiful place.ReplyDelete
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Fantastic scenery and historical information. I've never heard of this tragic tale that took place in Montsegur. It's definitely worth visiting, and I'm glad you shared your experience.ReplyDelete
Wow. Awesome photos. I love history and I'm glad to be the newest follower to your blog.ReplyDelete
Montségur, the magic of the landscape intertwined with the resonance of the sadness. Really nice to see you out and about with your family on such an adventure. Of course, our sons share the same name :)
Thank you for this and the haunting singing in the video tied in well.
Such beautiful pictures. I never even knew this place existed. Now you've interested me in learning more of it's history. Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyDelete
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There are so many instances in history where people were driven and slaughtered for no good reason. It's good to keep them in memory so we stand against the powers that would repeat such acts. Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it, eh?ReplyDelete
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That old castle is very cool looking and, I'm sure, could be the inspiration for many a story on it's own.ReplyDelete