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26/06/2008

Peyrepertuse Cathar Castle, French Pyrénées


This is a photo of the Peyrepertuse castle (Cathar castle), located in the French Pyrenees. Settled in the high reliefs of the Hautes Corbières, Peyrepertuse peaks at 800 metres altitude, surrounded by the garrigue and overhanging the little village of Duillac. From the high head-land, the lanscape shows the next castle, Quéribus, at 5 kilometrres from there. It was built on a strategic location along the French/Spanish border of that time, until the castle lost importance as a strategic castle when the border of the two countries was moved to its present place in 1659 (Treaty of the Pyrenees).

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