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The fortress of Montségur is located in the department of Ariege at the foothills of the Pyrenees, 12 miles (19 km) south from the town of Lavelanet. It was built on a mountain formation known as a pog - meaning 'peak', 'hill', or 'mountain' in local dialect.
What Makes It Special
Dramatic events of the siege, faith and sacrifice of the Cathars always attracted people to Montségur. But not only facts arouse people's imagination. There are legends and myths which surround tragic fate of besieged. The story has it that several Cathar members managed to slip out of the castle with a "treasure". The most interesting version of this speculations is that the "treasure" might be the Holy Grail. Another legend is that the Knights Templar demise and final destruction at the hands of the Inquisition in 1307 happened because many of the family members of the Templar Grand Master Bertrand de Blanchfort (1156-1169) were Cathar sympathizers and lived not far from Montségur near Rennes-le-Chateau, Carcassonne.
Directions To Destination
- By plain: The nearest airport is in Toulouse (Toulouse Blagnac Airport), which is about a two-hour drive from Foix (Foix is 15 miles or 24 km from Montségur)
Best Time To Go
Spring and fall. The region has very hot summers which are not good for hiking up hill.
Where To Stay
- Hôtel Restaurant Costes, two-star inn. Rates are from €46/room. Hotel is located in the village of Montségur
Hiking to the top of the pog with the fortress Montségur. Below the top, you can see the ruins of several homes which people fled when the siege of the fortress began. At Montségur you can enjoy the summer solstice. The rising sun on that day passes through a series of arches some people say by chance, others think it is happening by design.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
The ascend to the top from the Montségur village is very steep. If you are fit it will take you about 45 minutes.
Tags: Albigensian Crusades (2); Ariege; Bertrand de Blanchfor; Cathars (2); Cathar sect; Foix; Holy Grail; Inquisition; Knights Templar; Lavelanet; Montsegur (2); pog; Pyrenees (3); Templar Grand Master
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