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Chateau de Queribustourist information guide
Address: Cucugnant, Cucugnant, 11350
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 45 03 69
Opening Times: Daily | Admission Charge
Chateau de Queribus occupies a steep, limestone ridge and is often referred to as 'a thimble on a thumb'. It lies at 729m above sea level and on a clear day can be seen from Perpignan which is 25km away.
Chateau de Queribus is often cited as the last Cathar castle to fall French. Howeverthis may not be entirely true. A bishop did find refuge here after Treaty of Paris in 1229 along with other sympathisers 1242. when Chateau fell French Crown 1255eleven years Chateau de Montsegur, there were no Cathars present.
Chateau de Queribus's most renowned resident was Chabert de Barbaira, a Cathar supporter who was a former military aide to the King of Spain. His property had been confiscated so he took refuge in Chateau de Queribus for over 20 years taking part in surprise attacks on French troops. Not surprisingly, the French were eager to rid Chateau de Queribus of its resilient and bold resident. An attempt to overthrow the castle in 1248 failed and it took a further 7 seven years to finally conquer Queribus.
Soon after, Chateau de Queribus was made a royal fortress, protecting France from Spain. Fighting took place here in the 15th-century when it briefly passed into Spanish hands. In the 17th-century when the border moved south, Chateau de Queribus was left to ruin.
There is some well preserved Gothic vaulting inside the castle. Architects believe that the way the light falls resembles solar symbolism. However, as not much remains of the original castle this is unlikely to be true. There are also three lines of fortifications that protect the two storey keep. A fascinating maze and myriad of alleyways and doorways will also keep you entertained.