Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Fort Liberia, built by the French Marshal, Vauban, after the Catalonia Territory Partition between France and Spain by the Treaty of the Pyrenees

Fort Liberia (fr. Fort Libéria) is located in the city Villefranche-de-Conflent (France) in the Eastern Pyrenees department, at the confluence of the Têt and Сadi rivers.

The Fort was built by the French marshal, Vauban, after the Catalonia territory partition between France and Spain by the Treaty of the Pyrenees (year 1681) at the same time …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The Fort or Castle of Bellaguarda: located on the Panissars saddle, a strategic point that separates the comarca Vallespir from the Alt Empordà

The Fort or Castle of Bellaguarda, Bellaguàrdia or Bellesguard (cat. El Fort o Castell de Bellaguarda, Bellaguàrdia, fr. Fort de Bellegarde) is a modern-day military fortress located in the communal district of Pertús, in the Vallespir region (North Catalonia).

It is located on the Panissars saddle, a strategic point that separates the comarca Vallespir from the …

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History of Europe with Alex Mostaslavski: Spain, France, Pyrenees

History of Spain: during the Catalan wars, Solsona never took the side of the Spanish crown but always lost

Solsona (cat. Solsona): in the times of the ancient Romans, this settlement was called Setelisis, then the Visigoths, like many other place names, added the suffix “- one” to it: this is how Celson appeared. The period of Saracens’ dominion, judging by the lack of historical evidence, passed unnoticed and lasted for a couple of …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Sanauja castle acquired an important strategic place in the defensive line passing along the Llobregos valley

Sanauja (cat. Sanaüja) was conquered by the Muslims on behalf of the Earl of Urgell in 951. In 1001, the castle was mentioned in the bill of Pope Sylvestre II (cat. Silvestre II) about the transfer of the fortress (“castrum quoque Sanaugia cum finibus suis” – “Sanaugia castle with its lands”) to Bishop Urgell. The …

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Pere Joan Tomas Sogero: “Legends of the Emperors’ Homeland: Ancient history, modern and contemporary history of Andorra”

Pere Joan Tomas Sogero, Honorary consul of the Russian Federation in the Principality of Andorra:

Essay “Legends of the Emperors’ Homeland”

As the legend implies, Andorra was established by the emperor Charles the Great. According to ancient stories, 5 thousands full-hearted habitants of mountain glens, who were from the place where Andorra is located now, lent their …

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