Chateau Quéribus is one of the Cathar castles that fell to the King of France/Rome Pope during the early 13th Century Albigensian Crusade. After what is now south France was rolled up into French territories, Louis IX (the “saint”) ordered the fortress and many other former cathar castles manned to guard his new border against Spain. In those days, the French-Spanish border ran not far south of the Aude Valley.

Sixty-some cathars manned the fortress during its final days during the crusade. Louis reduced that number to about 20. By the 16th Century, seven lucky souls were exiled to wind, sun, and drought in order to guard the castle.

On clear days, you can see the Mediterranean from the castle walls.

Chateau Queribus from across the Aude Valley (Forca real)

Chateau Queribus, seen from across the Aude Valley, sits on the pimple-like promontory of the ridge.

Chateau Queribus from Cucugnan

Here's a view the chateau from the other side of the ridge.

Queribus looks down on mountaintops across the Aude Valley

Queribus looks down on mountaintops across the Aude Valley. Scott, who has late-onset vertiginophobia, hated the drive up from the town of Maury, seen at the valley bottom in this photo. We're not sure what the Michelin-map abbreviation Grau stands for, but guess something like "KEEP AWAY FROM THE OUTSIDE EDGE OF THE ROAD!"

Defenders of Cathar Queribus would have seen the enemy coming from miles away

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  1. If vertiginophobia means “where the hell are the guard rails” I guess I have it.

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