Heart of the Cathar County...
At the foot of the Pyrenees, three times destroyed
and three times rebuilt, doorway to the Pays de Foix,
and, traelling along the Cathar Pathway, the Languedoc
and the Provence regions.
enchanting character of the central square and its surrounding,
covered galleries, dating back to the 15th century, and
its cathedral whose nave is the biggest in Europe (22
meters wide) are the jewels you will discover by visiting
the Bastide. The town centre of Mirepoix is a medieval
Guided tours available.
few kilometres from Mirepoix, discover Montségur
castle, the most famous of all Cathar
The castle is 1207 m high, at the peak of a rocked spur
called Pog (guided tour available).
Catharism: dualistic religion which is said to have come
from Asia Minor during the 10th century. The philosophy
is based on the opposition between Good and Evil: Evil
is associated with material goods while Good is spirituality.
The Parfaits and the Parfaites (Perfect ones: Cathar followers)
pursued strict rules of chastity and a life of poverty.
This religion was very well accepted within Europe.
On March 16th 1244, more than 220 Cathars that lived
in Montségur were burnt at the stake, putting an
end to the war against the Albigeois. Montségur
is a historcial site vsited by people from all over the
world. Its tragedy led to the end of Catharism.
The castle has been classified Historical Monument since
1985. Open all year long. Guided tours available.
Not far, in Chalabre,
discover the Historical and Participative leisure park.
Various Workshops are available:
Calligraphy, forging, archery, heraldry, iconography,
the fabrication of coats of mail, medieval dance, medieval
tales for young children, historical costumes... Medieval
horse show with Knights.
Chalabre castle: History made fun. Adults/Seniors Citizens/School
a few minutes' drive from Mirepoix, discover the amazing
cave chirch from the time of the Carolingian period. There
are 3 levels and its sanctuary is directly built into
the rock! There are Roman Frescos from the 11th century.
Numerous ancient remnants were found in the excavations.
Very beautiful view over the Pyrenees...
Guided tour available.
Also nearby, is the medieval, walled City
: the town which has two sites classified by the World
Heritage. In 1996, UNESCO classified the Canl du Midi
and then,in 1997, it added the Cité of Carcassonne
to its list. The City constitutes the biggest medieval
fortifications in Europe. Open every day.
Logis de Mirepoix
- 2, cours du Docteur Chabaud (facing Post Office)
- 09500 MIREPOIX - France
GPS : Latitude : 43.0874013 -
Longitude : 1.8755656