"Montsegur; walk around" Duilhac Things to Do Tip by kokoryko

Duilhac Things to Do: 22 reviews and 102 photos

  Look over to Lavelanet
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  • Look over to Lavelanet - Duilhac
      Look over to Lavelanet
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  • View tto the East - Duilhac
      View tto the East
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  • Walk along the walls - Duilhac
      Walk along the walls
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  • Beware of the narrow paths ! - Duilhac
      Beware of the narrow paths !
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  • Look on the Pyrenean foothills. - Duilhac
      Look on the Pyrenean foothills.
    by kokoryko

Before entering the small main gate, lets walk on the narrow track around the walls of this temple; temple, as there are no defensive constructions or lay-outs, it does not look like a military fortress. . . . . Enjoy first the views over the high Ariege, the hills, forests , villages in the far, and a look to Lavelanet, the nearest city in the north (picture 1).
Your breath can be taken here by the beautiful views (to the East on picture 2), or . . . the wind! High there above the hills, you even may enjoy to be higher than the eagles gliding above the valleys.
The track is at the feet of the walls (picture 3), and in some places you have to be careful, and that makes the tour even more enjoyable and impressive. You can see, walking around, that almost all available space has been used for the building (picture 4), and from where ever the views are beautiful. Box trees, flowers are in the foreground(picture 5), and mountains, mountains, mountains in the background; the overall landscape was the same 800 years ago when the Cathars lived and died here.

Some animations year long : http://www.montsegur.fr/TempSite/6044.asp?rang=
Entrance fee: 5 Euros

Directions: Leave D117 10 km west of Puivert, and take right on RD 5 at Belesta, then RD9, picturesque roads in deep, dark gorges and among forest covered mountains.
42°52?35?N; 1°49?55?E

Website: http://www.cathares.org/montsegur-intro.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 1, 2010
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