Château d'Aguilar - Tuchan
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Château d'Aguilar

Château d'Aguilar - Tuchan

Château d'Aguilar - Tuchan

Château d'Aguilar - Tuchan


Château d'Aguilar - Tuchan
 
Château d'Aguilar - Tuchan

Aguilar Castle stands on a rocky hillock at the foot of the prestigious Haut Fitou vineyard.
In 1210 it was invaded and occupied by Simon de Montfort, whose soldiers took and held the owner Raymond de Termes in prison in Carcassonne. Militarily, the castle lay dormant for the next 30 years, until Raymond's son Olivier de Termes took back the castle in the brief revolt against the young viscount Trencavel against the crusaders. Aguilar became the refuge of faidits, Cathar knights and lords dispossessed of their own strongholds.

Since 1949, it has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.
Today it is in poor condition, and can be sited by the public. The design of the castle reflects evolving military thinking of the late Middle Ages. It consists of an inner keep built in the 12th century, surrounded by an outer pentagonal fortification from the 13th century. It is oriented so that its point guards the side most vulnerable to attackers. The keep and the inner hexagonal fortification is flanked at each corner by semi-circular guard towers, each with archery outlooks.
  The strategic location of the castle on a hill overhanging the plain of Tuchan allows supervision of a significant area within the corbières. The castle is easily accessible from the plains because of its relatively low elevation of 321 metres. A small underground chapel of Saint-Anne can be seen below the keep.

Tuchan lies in a plain and bordered to the west by Mont Tauch which at 900 meters dominates the town. It has always been productive but whereas you might at one time have seen flocks of sheep or goats wandering around and cereals being cultivated you can now only see varieties of vines like syrah, carignan, grenache, muscat all growing in orderly rows. The town lives off the grape and its current relative prosperity is due to the success of Fitou wine and the successful marketing by the Mont Tauch Co-operative.

Tuchan has the atmosphere of a border town with Mont Tauch rising bleakly to the west and the Tramantane wind blowing strongly through the narrow streets. The old border between France and Aragon, and Spain, guarded by the Châteaux of Queribus and Peyrepertuse is only a few kilometres away. The town and its surrounding area has been lived in and fought over for a very long time. In the nearby village of Tauteval, a skeleton of 400,000 years old was found. At Château Nouvelles, 2 kilometres, to the north (where very good Fitou wine can be bought) an old roman road, the via Mercadaria, passes close by. The Romans were here mining the iron, gold, silver and lead. Narbonne, a major Roman port on the Mediterranean coast, now the sous-prefecture for the Aude, is 45 kilometres away.

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Château d'Aguilar - Tuchan

Château d'Aguilar - Tuchan

Château d'Aguilar - Tuchan

Château d'Aguilar - Tuchan
  Opening Château d'Aguilar - Tuchan:  

- February to March: weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- April and October: every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- May, June and September: every day from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- July and August: every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- November and December: weekends, bridges and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Closed day(s): 15 november to 31 December
Le Pays Cathare LES CITADELLES DU VERTIGE Qualité Tourisme Occitanie La Région Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Grands Sites Occitanie
Aude Tourisme A.O.P. Corbières Les Vignerons du Mont Tauch Agence de Développement Touristique desPyrénées-Orientales Mairie de Tuchan
Equipments and Services:
 
  * Shop
* Unguided group visits
* Pets allowed
* Unguided group visits
* Groups Accepted
  Sightseeing
 
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Château d'Aguilar
 
Leisure - Museum - Castle - Abbey

Château d'Aguilar
2 bis Place de la République
11350 TUCHAN
 
Phone +33 4.68.45.51.00
GSM +33 6.80.44.64.25

Email -
chateaudaguilar@tuchan.fr

Website -
www.tuchan.fr

Rates, Methods of payment -
Adults: 4.00 €
Children: 2.00 €
 
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