A Photo-Guided Walking Tour of Montsegur, Last Big Stand of the Cathars
By Kelby Carr
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Montsegur Photo Tour: About Montsegur, its Chateau and Mount Pog
Montsegur, one of the biggest Cathar attractions in all of France
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Montsegur has almost a cult following, attracting Cathar history enthusiasts, hikers and lovers of charming small French villages. While its magical allure has been relatively undiscovered by Americans, this tiny Midi-Pyrenees village is simply oozing with atmosphere. It is located in France's Midi-Pyrenees region (and the lovely Ariège Pyrenees department) on the edge of Cathar Country. Montsegur Chateau is arguably the most significant monument to the Cathar religious sect. The Cathars believed in a natural, humble lifestyle and criticized the Catholic church relentlessly. It is in the Montsegur castle ruins that hundreds of Cathars held off Crusaders for months. When they were finally conquered, they were given the choice to renounce their religion or walk into the flames. Most chose a fiery death. Click on the next step to follow a photo-guided walking (and hiking) tour of Montsegur, with its magnificant chateau ruins and challenging Mount Pog.