Cathar Country 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



Tour of Béziers

Tour of Medieval Cité Béziers) + site of earlier castrum with hill-top château-fort (castle)

 

Béziers

 

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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 Medieval Cité including the Episcopal fortress-palace and the Cathedral / Basilica of Saint Cecile is claimed to be the largestt brick-built construction in the world.

Medieval Cité: The vestiges of the medieval walled city constructed by Bernard de Castenet, Bishop of Albi

Episcopal fortress-palace: the bishop's medieval fortress later converted in a luxurious palace for the Archbishops of Albi. Exterior, including spectacular gardens, accompanied. The interior now houses the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum so will have the opportunity to visit this unaccompanied.

Cathedral / Basilica of Saint Cecile: Interior and Exterior, both accompanied.

Site of earlier castrum with hill-top château-fort (castle): Accompanied visit to the location of the first settlement here and the first castrum belonging the the Viscounts of Albi.

Historic houses built in the local vernacular style

 

What You'll Learn About

  • Oppida and Castra
  • The Counts and Viscounts of Albi
  • Albi and Catharism
  • Albi and the Albigensian Crusade
  • Medieval power politics in the Albigeoise
  • Why the Cathedral looks more like a fortress than a church
  • Rood screens / the Doom / The Last Judgement
  • The Inquisition at Albi
  • Why the bishops of Albi needed a defensible city within a city
  • Cathar v Catholic Theology

 

Tour Start Point

Square at the West end of the Cathedral of Saint Nazaire,
Béziers 34500
Hérault
Languedoc-Roussillon
France

Lat. N 43.341546
Long. E 3.209656

 

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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