Château Villerouge-Termenès
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Château
Villerouge-Termenès

Château Villerouge-Termenès

Château Villerouge-Termenès

Château Villerouge-Termenès

Château Villerouge-Termenès
 
Château Villerouge-Termenès

In the center of the village of Villerouge, in the Langedouc region of France, is the ancient castle of Termenes. The Villerouge-Termenes castle is known as the home of the last known Cathar Prefect Guilhem Belibasate, who was burned at the stake during the Catholic crusades of the 13th century. The Albigensian Crusades, as they are known, were ordered by Pope Innocent III.

During those crusades, thousands of Cathars were burned at the stake. In the city of Beziers alone, thousands were killed. History records the infamous words of Arnaud Amaury, when asked whether to kill both Catholics and Cathars, responded: "Kill them all; God will recognize his own". He later reported to Pope Innocent III that "neither age, nor sex, nor status had been spared, and nearly twenty thousand people perished."

This should be a lesson to everyone regarding the dangers of religious fanaticism...
  At about 50 km south-east of Carcassonne, the Villerouge-Termènes chateau is the High Corbières Mediterranean gateway. Its imposing mass in the centre of the village speaks volumes as to its importance in regional medieval politics. The first records, show that from the 12th Century until the revolution it was under the ownership of the powerful archbishopric of Narbonne. However, during this time the chateau was actually subject to several occupations.

In 1107, Pope Pascal II confirmed possession of the chateau to the hands of archbishop Richard, despite the fact that the chateau was and had been occupied by Pierre de Peyrepertuse since 1070, who had given it to Pierre Olivier de Termes as part of the dowry when Pierre Olivier married his daughter. It wasn’t until 1110 that the Termes family agreed to return the chateau to the archbishopric - but by 1227 the chateau was under control of the dreaded Simon de Montfort (leader of the Crusades against the Cathars).

The village is intimately linked to Catharism: it was here that the last Cathar parfait (priest), Guilhem Bélibaste, was burnt at the stake, formally putting and end to the Cathar religion. The village is also close to the beautiful abbeys of Lagrasse and Frontfroide.

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Château Villerouge-Termenès

Château Villerouge-Termenès

Château Villerouge-Termenès

Château Villerouge-Termenès
  Opening Château Villerouge-Termenès:  

- July - August - Every day - from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- April to June - September to 15 October
- Every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Continuously on weekends and public holidays
- 15 October to 1 November - Every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Continuously on weekends and public holidays 
- 2 November to 15 December and March - Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-  End of visits 1 hour before closing - Annual closing in January
Le Pays Cathare LES CITADELLES DU VERTIGE Qualité Tourisme Occitanie La Région Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Grands Sites Occitanie
Aude Tourisme Saint-Paul de Fenouillet - Le Fenouillèdes, Pays sans Frontière Village de Lagrasse Mairie de Termes La Région Languedoc-Roussillon - Sud de France
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  * Shop
* Pedagogical visits
* Individual guided tours
* Restaurant
* Group guided tours
* Shop
* Pedagogical visits
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* Restaurant
  Sightseeing
 
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Gorges du Termenet

Gorges du Termenet


 
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Le Gourg de Talairan
 
 
Le Gourg de Talairan - Talairan
 
 
Talairan, fortified village. You can walk through the vineyards at the edge of the cliffs and the dried up river Nielle. You can also admire the clear waters of Gourg Goutonnier... > Leave the village on the D323. You’ll walk past a basin (known as the “lavoir à pétales”, the petal washtub), extremely pleasant during the warm summer months. Take the chemin de la Croisette which will take you to the Notre-Dame-de-l’Ere chapel. Follow for about 600 m, before climbing the Buffanel on a small path to the left through the garrigue on the edge of the superb Gorges of the Nielle stream, twisting and turning 100 m below. Walk up along the gorges on a small ridge path, and continue alongside a fenced vineyard...


 

Gorges
de Caune-Pont
(Gorges de Coynepont)

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Château
Villerouge-Termenès
 
Leisure - Museum - Castle - Abbey
 
Rue du château
11330 VILLEROUGE-TERMENES
 
Phone +33 4.68.70.09.11

Email -
chateau.villerouge@villerouge.fr

Website -
www.villerouge.fr

Rates, Methods of payment -
Adults: 6.00 €
Children: 2.00 €
 
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Saint Laurent de la Cabrerisse
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