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



Tour of Montségur

Tour of the ruins of the hilltop Château-fort (castle) of Montségur II and vestiges of the castrum of Montségur III and the museum at Montségur.

Montségur

 

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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 Puivert or to Montaillou or to Foix

 

Tour Access Difficulty Rating

 

Moderate walk, rough paths, mostly without handrails. c45 mins hilly access

 

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 route taken by the crusaders who besieged Montségur
  • The path up the Pog of Montségur
  • The Château-fort (castle) of Montségur II
  • Vestiges of the castrum of Montségur III
  • The modern village of Montségur
  • The museum at Montségur.

 

 

What You'll Learn About

  • The history of Montségur
  • The medieval lords of Montségur
  • The commissioning of Montségur II
  • Montségur and the Albigensian Crusade
  • "Faidits"
  • Medieval sieges of Montségur
  • The Viscount's War of 1240
  • Montségur and the The Count's War of 1242
  • Massacre at Avignonet
  • The siege of Montségur, 1243-44
  • The Roc de la Tor
  • Rendition of Montségur 1244
  • Massacre at Montségur 1244
  • Aftermath

 

Tour Start Point

Information board at the start of the path to the château,
Montségur 09300
Ariège
Midi-Pyrénées
France.

Lat. N 42.874356
Long. E 1.827494

 

 

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 encyclopaedic 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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Model of Montségur III

 

 
 

Montsegur, seen from Puivert

 

Montsegur

 
 

Montsegur

 
 

Montsegur

 
 
 

Memorial stone below the Castle of Montsegur

 
 

Interior of a round tower at the Castle of Montsegur

 

Keys from medieval Montsegur in the Museum at the modern village of Montsegur

 

Medival Scissors at the Museum at Montsegur

 

Model of Montsegur on its pog, in the the Museum at Montsegur
showing the route by which it was taken.

 

 

Original quarrels + reproduction crossbow at the Museum at Montsegur

 
 

Montsegur

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Museum at Montsegur - trebuchet stones from the castle of Montsegur

 

 

Skeletons of presumed Cathars (d 1243) in the Museum at Montsegur

 

Montsegur - model

 

 

Model of Montsegur II in the Museum at Montsegur

 
 

 

 
 
 
 

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