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Discover Le château de Villerouge France

As every rule has its exception, the Château de Villerouge wasn't built on top of a ridge or a rocky outcrop, but rather in the centre of the village of Villerouge, one of the most beautiful villages in the Corbières region.
Like the surrounding village, the castle, which is referenced as of 1110, belonged to the Archbishops of Narbonne from 1110 to 1789 and is an example of medieval military architecture.
Despite its imposing structure, the castle does not seem to have played a determining role in the Albigensian Crusade and yet it remains one of the symbols of this era.
Historically, the Château de Villerouge has close ties to Catharism, not as an actor, but rather as the scene of what was the end of the last known Cathar parfait (priest). It was in 1321, after being betrayed, judged and delivered into the hands of his worldly master, the Archbishop of Narbonne Bernard de Farges, that Guilhem Bélibaste, one of the last Cathar parfaits, was burnt alive in Villerouge, an historic event that marked the end of Catharism.
Thanks to its limited involvement in the armed conflict of the Albigensian Crusade, the Château de Villerouge is particularly well preserved and stills displays the same silhouette as in the 13th century.

  • Le château de Villerouge , France
    Le château de Villerouge
    © B. Jul / 123RF
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