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Puivert Castle

Cathar castle of Puivert

20 minutes from Quillan in the direction of Foix, this seigniorial residence with its 36m keep and its 6 towers overlooks the valley of Puivert and Nébias. Its huge main courtyard was used for tournaments, very popular among knights and its hall was a place where troubadours sang poetic lyrics. Located on the Athlantic/Mediterranean drainage divide, Puivert was a major medieval fiefdom in the Quercorb area.

During the 11th and the 12th centuries, the Quercorb - the area around Chalabre and Puivert - is under the domination of the houses of Toulouse and Carcassonne-Béziers. At the 12th century, the Congost family, lord of Puivert, is protecting the Cathars. The castle of Puivert was taken by the crusaders in 1210. It became the nerve centre of the area and the property of two French lords - Lambert de Thury first and Pons de Bruyères then. During the 1220 Occitan recapture, the castle is freed by Loup de Foix. At the beginning of the 14th century, a new castle is built. The sculpted ornaments of the Musicians room in the donjon are a testimony of the elegance of the arrangement. From this moment on, the castle becomes a seigniorial residence more than a fortress. The sculptures of the room feature a pipe player, a drum player, a hurdy-gurdy player, a lute player, a harp player, a zither player...
 
The village of Puivert also shelters the Quercorb museum, dedicated to the everyday life of the area. You will discover the reproductions of an old forge and a rural kitchen. On the second floor, the collection is devoted to medieval musique: eight reproductions of medieval instruments are displayed. The final room of the museum shows a model of the castle and casts of sculpted corbels found in the Musicians room.











More information on: www.chateau-de-puivert.com

Unique experience:

Discover the castle of Puivert from the sky with a glider above the castle! 
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