History & Heritage of Occitania

Medieval cities, Cathar castles, abbeys, at the heart of a tormented history

The Pont Vieux & The mediéval Cité de Carcassonne - ©Jorge Láscar - Licence CC BY 2.0

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Dive into the heart of our history and contemplate an exceptional heritage!

Cité de Carcassonne - ©Enric Rubio Ros - Licence CC BY 2.0

The medieval Cité de Carcassonne

The Cité de Carcassonne, flagship of the Languedoc, is a fortified medieval Citadel, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

On July 14, you will be amazed by the Carcassonne Ablaze, an exceptional firework, one of the most beautiful pyrotechnic shows in the world, which attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators every year.

The Canal du Midi

The Canal du Midi, an extraordinary masterpiece by its scale, is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It winds through towns and villages, surrounded by picturesque landscapes. It will take you to discover the Languedoc, on one of the most beautiful waterways in the world.

Castle of Peyrepertuse - ©llunàtica81 - Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Cathar castles

The Cathar castles are the remains of a tormented time, made of struggles and oppositions:

  • Quéribus, last bastion of the Cathar resistance.
  • Peyrepertuse, Citadel of Vertigo.
  • Puilaurens, fortress perched on a rocky spur.
  • Saissac, the oldest Cathar castle.
  • Lastours, exceptional set of 4 medieval castles.
  • Termes, memorable siege of the Albigensian Crusade.
  • Arques, witness of the know-how of the medieval era.

Abbey of Caunes-Minervois - ©Mike Prince - Licence CC BY 2.0

The abbeys & churches

The numerous abbeys and churches, are the legacy of a strongly anchored monastic past:

  • Caunes-Minervois, splendid Benedictine abbey.
  • Fontfroide and its gardens classified "Remarkable Garden", sumptuous Cistercian ensemble.
  • Saint-Papoul, Romanesque abbey with prestigious sculptures.
  • Palais des Archevêques de Narbonne, with the cloister and the cathedral Saint-Just and Saint-Pasteur.

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