Cathar Country Tours of Cathar Castles in the Languedoc, France.

Tours of Cathar Castles in the Languedoc, France

 

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Cathar Country Tours
Historical Tours of Cathar Castles in deep rural France
Led by James McDonald



The Donjon d'Arques

 

The Donjon (Keep) at Arques

 

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Tour Access Difficulty Rating
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What You'll See
What You'll Learn About
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Tour Options

  • One day scheduled tours
  • One day of three-day scheduled tours
  • One day of one-Week scheduled tours

This tour is usually combined with a visit to Cordes-sur-Ciel

 

Tour Access Difficulty Rating

 

Very easy walk on the flat, but with steps

 

Scheduled Tour Dates & Times

For the latest scheduled tour dates, see scheduled Tour Dates

Times for the day tour: 9am - 5 pm

 

What You'll See

The Donjon d'Arques - the keep of a castle complex constructed by a Crusader lieutenant of Simon de Montfort. Inteior (three stories) + exterior.

 

What You'll Learn About

  • Simon de Montford and his Crusade lieutenants
  • Thirteenth century castle architecture
  • Life in a thirteenth century castle, defense v comfort
  • Arques and Catharism
  • Fashions in castle building in the Languedoc

 

Tour Start Point

Small bridge on the track from the Car Park below the Donjon d'Arques to the donjon

Lat N 42.951803
Long E 2.366270

 

 

Tour Leader

James McDonaldThe tour is lead by the author James McDonald. James has extensive experience as a public speaker and broadcaster, and lives locally in the heart of Cathar Country. His has an encyclopedic knowledge of all aspects of Catharism and its history in the Languedoc. He is an author and the translator of Voltaire's work on the Cathars, published in English as "The Crusade Against the People of the Languedoc".

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The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques (Interior)

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 
 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 
 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 
 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 
 

The Castle (Château or Donjon) of Arques

 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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