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Chateaux Lastours

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Chateaux Lastours
 
Lastours or Cabaret, situated in Aude, about 15km from Carcassonne is actually 4 mutually supporting castles and a small fortified village below.
 

 
It offers a wonderful walk and quite outstanding views.  There is a small museum below the fortress in the village.
 

 
In 1209 Simon de Montfort unsuccessfully besieged the fortifications.  In 1211 it was forced to capitulate after the fall of Termes, but again changed hands in 1223.  The Cathar Bishop of Carcassonne, Pierre Isarn took refuge in the fortification in 1226.  Again it was forced to be surrendered in 1229, but again reoccupied during an uprising in 1240 for a short time.
 

 
During the crusade there were three castles, the Queens tower having been constructed in 1260 by the French.

 

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