Peyrepertuse Castle

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Peyrepertuse Castle
The lower, older part of Peyrepertuse

The lower, older part of Peyrepertuse

Creation time : 12th Century
Castle type : Höhenburg, rocky location
Conservation status: ruin
Place: Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse
Geographical location 42 ° 52 '14 "  N , 2 ° 33' 26"  E Coordinates: 42 ° 52 '14 "  N , 2 ° 33' 26"  E
Height: 800  m
Peyrepertuse Castle (Occitania)
Peyrepertuse Castle

Peyrepertuse is the ruin of a rock castle m² with a total of 7000 and the largest fortress of the Cathars in today's France . It is located in the Occitania region on a rock above the Verdouble river valley , at an altitude of 800 m. At the foot of the mountain on which the fortress is built, on the southern slope, lies Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse . Below the northern slope, on the opposite side of the mountain, is the municipality of Rouffiac-des-Corbières . From there you have an impressive panorama of the castle.


The lower part of the complex, the actual Peyrepertuse, was built in the 11th century. The church of Sainte-Marie is also located in it.

In 1226 the fortress fell to the King of Aragon , who lost it to France in a three-day battle in 1240. Saint Louis enlarged the complex in 1242 with the construction of the upper fortress called San Jordi .

Since March 19, 1908, the fortress Peyrepertuse is a monument historique and is a listed building .

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