Château de Peyrepertuse   22547
previous panorama
next panorama



Location: Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse      by: Jos Sanders
Area: France      Date: 21-06-2008
Peyrepertuse is a ruined fortress and one of the so-called Cathar castles located high in the French Pyrénées near the village of Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse, in the Département d’Aude, and has been associated with the Counts of Narbonne and Barcelona. It stands at 800m high.
The name of Peyrepetuse derived from the ancient language called Occitan and means Pierced Rock. The castle was built on a strategic location along the French/Spanish border by The kings of Aragon (lower) in the 11th Century and by Louis IX (higher) later on. The two castles are linked together by a huge staircase. However the castle lost importance as a strategic castle when the border of the two countries was moved in 1659. Because of this the castle was abandoned and unlike many other castles in the region Peyrepertuse was never subjected to siege, instead it was handed over to the french government in 1240.
The site has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

280 degrees, 6 photos


feels like being there 
2009/03/03 11:24 , Jens Scheuter
A magnificent view into this landscape, but pity, that it's so misty. Interesting description, I like it.
2009/03/04 21:09 , Werner Schelberger

Leave a comment

Jos Sanders

More panoramas

... in the vicinity  
... in the top 100