The Château de Quéribus (in Occitan Castèl de Queribús) is a ruined castle in the commune of Cucugnan in the Aude département of France. It has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1907.

Queribus is one of the “Five Sons of Carcassonne”, along with Aguilar, Peyrepertuse, Termes and Puilaurens: five castles strategically placed to defend the new (1659) French border against the Spanish.

It is sometimes regarded as the last Cathar stronghold. After the fall of Montségur in 1244 surviving Cathars gathered together in another mountain-top stronghold on the border of Aragon (the present border between the Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales).

In 1255 a French army was dispatched to deal with these remaining Cathars, but they slipped away without a fight, probably to Aragon or Piedmont – both regions where Cathar beliefs were still common, and where the Occitan language was spoken.

Quéribus is high and isolated. It stands on top of the highest peak for miles around. In 1951 restoration work on the turret began, and between 1998-2002 a complete restoration of the castle was undertaken: the castle is now accessible to visitors.


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  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98almost 4 years ago

    Amazing! They really sussed out the land well before building! The story of the actual construction of some of these places would make interesting reading, too.
    Best wishes

  • Thanks you very much, Peter.

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  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Super picture, Steve. Such a fascinating part of France.

  • Many thanks, David

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  • leonie7
    leonie7almost 4 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Lee – and for the fave.

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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 4 years ago

    beautiful work dear Steve and a great history lesson.x

  • Many thanks, Catherine.

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  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 4 years ago

    Superb image Steve!

  • Thank you very much, Colin.

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  • Eeva47
    Eeva47almost 4 years ago

    Lovely colours in the picture Steven.

  • Many thanks, Eeva.

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  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsalmost 4 years ago

    a winner steve

  • Thank you very much, Steve.

    – WatscapePhoto

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