catharcountry: The Château de Foix, Foix, Ariè…


The Château de Foix,
Foix, Ariège, France.

Built on an older 7th-century fortification, the castle is known from 987. In 1002, it was mentioned in the will of Roger I, Count of Carcassonne, who bequeathed it to his youngest child, representing the branch of the family ruling the region (who became Counts of Foix).

During the two following centuries, the castle was home to the Counts of Foix who were central to the Occitan resistance during the crusade against the Albigensians. The county became a refuge for persecuted Cathars. The castle was often besieged (notably by Simon de Montfort in 1211 and 1212).  It has been listed since 1840 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Cathar Castle Tours is now taking bookings for 2018.