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Chateau de Lordat

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Address: Château de Lordat, Lordat, 09250
Tel: + 33 (0)5 61 64 60 60

Chateau de Lordat is perched high above the Ariège Valley with views out to the St-Bathelemy mountains.

Construction of Chateau de Lordat first began in the 9th and 10th centuries due to its strategic position guarding the mountain passes that led to Spain.  The ruins that are visible today date back to the 10th and 11th centuries.  Expansion of Chateau de Lordat came in the 13th century during the Crusade against the Cathars.  Chateau de Lordat, however, was not damaged by the ruthless crusaders and it enjoyed relative peace and stability as a Cathar stronghold.  There is even evidence of a Cathar cemetery close to Chateau de Lordat.

Unfortunately, this did not last and after the Treaty of Paris, the Count of Foix was forced to hand over the ownership of Chateau de Lordat to the French Crown for five years.  Later in the early 19th-century, Chateau de Lordat played an important role in a resurgence of the Cathar movement led by Pierre Authie.

Chateau de Lordat was fortified by the French again in the 14th-century but soon lost its military significance.  Today, the Chateau's ruins are worth a visit if only for the spectacular flying eagle displays.

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