Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Mauvaisin castle: a place in the Pyrenees for weddings, seminars, and artists workshops

Mauvaisin Castle is a small, fully restored 18th-century castle with a capacity of 15 people. The castle can be a venue for weddings, private parties, small seminars, or used as art studios.The castle is located in a park surrounded by century-old trees.

The castle is a 35-minute drive from Toulouse, in the small village of Lauragais, …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The Salses fortress is a modern age castle in a communal territory of Salses in the Rosselló comarca in Northern Catalunya (France)

The Salses castle (fortress) is a modern age castle in a communal territory of Salses in the Rosselló comarca in Northern Catalunya (France). From a chronological perspective it is the third of the Salses castles, after the Vell Castle and Castle Reial.

This castle today serves as a Museum of Salses History. It is located in …

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The Torre de Claramunt Castle was a fortified and advanced tower that was built by the family of the House of Claramunt for the surveillance and control of the Carmen stream valley and the road to the Penedès

The Torre de Claramunt Castle (cat. El Castell de la Torre de Claramunt), initially built in the 11th century, is a large house that was extended in several phases, the most important one was carried out by Joan de Claramunt in the 16th century (1565).

It started with the primitive watch tower erected at the end …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Chateau de Saissac – one of the most mysterious, oldest and largest Cathar castles in the Languedoc region

The Saissac Castle (Château de Saissac) is a ruined castle, one of the most mysterious, little studied, oldest, and largest Cathar castles in the Languedoc region. Its walls are 115 meters long and 30 meters wide.

The castle is located in the southernmost part of the commune of the same name in the Aude department, northwest …

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Lastours castles, the Orbeil Valley’s “inseparable guardian brothers”

Lastours castles are made up of four Cathar castles, the Orbeil Valley’s “inseparable guardian brothers”, creating a unique defense complex surrounded by cypress trees.

The castles are located in the French commune of Lastours in the Aude department, just a 20-minute drive from Carcassonne.

Each castle has its own name: Cabaret, Surdespine, and Regina Tower or Queen …

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