Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

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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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

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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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The castle of Peralada: the gardens are open in July and August on the occasion of the International Music Festival of Peralada

The castle of Peralada (cat. El castell de Peralada) is a monument of the municipality of Peralada (Alt Empordà) declared a cultural asset of national interest. It is a castle already mentioned in the 9th century with the name of Castillo Toló, and it was the center of the county of Peralada. It is located …

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