Cathar heritage is a fascinating part of French history

One of the most fascinating features of the history of Languedoc-Roussillon comes from the influence in the Middle Ages of the Cathar religious movement. Establishing a home in the region, the Cathars came into direct conflict with the might of the Catholic Church during a period when a lack of religious tolerance led to bloodshed throughout Europe and beyond.

The ultimate suppression of the Cathars at the hands of Catholicism was not enough to remove the legacy of this intriguing sect from the region. To this day, many magnificent remains of this era can be seen, with none more impressive than the mighty citadel of Carcassonne.

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