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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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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