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Arques Castle

The Castle of ArquesArques Castle

Twenty-five minutes from Quillan, Arques castle is located in the valley of the Cathar country and its keep is still intact.
In the 12th century, Arques was a fortified village within the powerful house of Terme. Its history was greatly influenced by the Albigensian Crusade.

In 1231, the royal powers took residence in the former Trencavel domains, but the seigneury of Arques was given to Pierre de Voisins, former lieutenant to Simon de Montfort. At the end of the 13th century, his son Gilles de Voisins, rebuilt the village as a bastide and began the construction of the present-day castle. At the beginning of the 14th century, the village was housing again a small Cathar community.

In the centre of the village, the house in which the erudite and spiritualist Déodat Roché was born now displays an exhibition which goal is to revive the idea of Catharism using his work. His house is open to the public and there is a permanent exhibition on Catharism, demonstrating different ways in which the medieval dissidence has been tackled throughout history.

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The highlights:

• Visit the house of Cathar historian Déodat Roché in the village of Arques.
• Go hiking from Arques lake through the Rialsesse forest for a fantastic viewpoint on the village.

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