Quillan Castle is a castle located in Quillan, France (Pyrenees, Occitania, Aude department).

Quillan Castle was constructed between the XII and XIII centuries. The Sixth Crusade ended in 1229 and Quillan became a royal town. The King of France turned the town into a military fortification two centuries later to withstand the invasions of the Aragon (Spain) troops.

The castle housed a military garrison.

The castle has a quadrangular base. Protruding walls remain witnesses of military architecture.

The castle is a historical monument today.

Restoration work began about 20 years ago; stones obtained during excavations were used to restore the castle. They restored a part of the western wall to date. The south facade began to restore gradually its original appearance also.

The only pedestrian road that leads to the castle from Rue du Chateau is Quillan’s oldest street on the right bank of the Aude river, the first mention of which dates back to 1713.

Coordinates: 42° 52′ 29″ N, 2° 11′ 12″ E

How to get to?

From Paris: 8 hr 34 min (801 km) via A20

From Toulouse: 1 hr 43 min (126 km) via A61

From Andorra: 2 hr 15 min (111 km) via D613

From Barcelona: hr 16 min (265 km) via AP-7 and D117

From Madrid: 8 hr 36 min (759 km) via A-2

From Monaco: 5 hr 41 min (546 km) via A8 and A9

From Moscow: 36 hr (3,472 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 18 hr 46 min (1,885 km) via E70 and A4

From Istanbul: 28 hr (2,799 km) via E70

From Bern: 8 hr 2 min (805 km) via A9

See here Pyrenees travel guide

See here France travel guide

See here Spain travel guide

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