Chateau de Termes

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Chateau de Termes
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Eight hundred years ago, Termes was the site of the longest castle siege during the Crusade against the Albigensians, or cathars. It lasted for months of siege for Simon de Montfor and his crusaders to take the fortress. This historical event will no longer hold any secrets for you thanks to a visit which includes an introductory film, the "1210, the siege of the castle of Termes" exhibition and the document-guide which you can borrow, there, above the spectacular Gorges of Termenet, after a fifteen-minutes walk. Every year, workings go on on the ruins of what once was "one of the five sons of Carcassonne". Open all days from 1 april to 11 november.
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Australia1,730 contributions
Great castle with a super video beforehand
Sep 2019
This was one of the biggies in the Cathar wars and a four month siege was at the centre of it. I was able to watch a video of it and take photos of it - but I skipped the half hour steep climb as I knew I had a tower to climb at the next one. I wandered around the little village and found a delightful little 12th century church - so different to the monster cathedrals meant to inspire awe and fear in the parishioners. In the picture perfect little old village I wandered into a cafe with no customers to find it was organic - I could cope with that. The lady there told me that the reason the mediaeval buildings were still in reasonable condition in the village is because they were built by the big cathedral masons between gigs essentially. I have winnowed a long story down to that one sentence. She was a lovely lady.
Written 31 October 2019
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Albywon
Sydney, Australia11,536 contributions
Rich history
Oct 2019 • Couples
An interesting visit to this Cathar Castle. I remnants of the building are secondary to the detailed story of the battles that took place there in 1210. This château was subsequently repaired by French Royalty and was one of the 'five sons of Carcassonne' used to defend France from Spain.
Great audio guide from the downloaded app - unfortunately French only
Written 27 October 2019
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RCKat
Bristol, UK116 contributions
Informative Booklet
Apr 2019 • Couples
The site of the castle is dramatic and the small village quaint and lovely. There is a booklet with some really good information about the castle and the history, be sure to take one with you as it makes the tour of the castle more alive. Watch the sort video as well for a good sense of the siege in 1210.
Written 7 April 2019
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Hello, Thanks for your kind words ! We appreciate, Best regards, Termes'team
Written 15 April 2019
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sweep03
Hastings, UK63 contributions
Stunning village and interesting Castle
Oct 2016 • Couples
We recently visited here and loved it. The video at the start really helped to set the scene. We trekked up to the castle (it's quite a hike) and weren't disappointed. Stunning views across the valley and comprehensive guidebook helped to bring it all to life. They are working on this ruin, excavating and re-building so I'm sure there is more to come.

The village of Termes is also beautiful, one of the prettiest I've ever visited so well worth a wander about when you visit the castle.

Only disappointment was the lack of food or drink, be sure to take a picnic.
Written 3 November 2016
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Frostbear
Great Somerford, UK37 contributions
Lovely views and interesting site
Jun 2016
The site is interesting - unlike some of the other larger sites, like Carcassonne, this one hasn't been reconstructed which in a way makes it more interesting as you're really seeing the old castle. The entrance site has a 15 minute introductory video (with English subtitles!) which was informative and there was then an exhibition giving some more information about the Cathars and the Cathar crusades. It's then about a 15 minute walk up a steep hill to the actual site. The site is interesting in itself but you also get amazing views across the surrounding countryside. Well worth visiting.
Written 6 July 2016
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Dennis
Cologne, Germany3 contributions
Beautifully Remote Spot
Oct 2015 • Family
Quite the climb (20mins steep rise) but well worth a visit. Beautiful vistas from up the hill and the small village of Termes is worth a visit on its own if you're in the area anyway.
Written 13 October 2015
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fussyyetcheap
Courtenay, Canada299 contributions
Didn't Get To The Castle
Aug 2015 • Couples
We went more for the village than the castle and the village didn't disappoint. If you like medieval villages and photogenic streets then this is a place for you. Can't wait to get the photos home when I have time to edit!!
Written 31 August 2015
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Pascal F
Le Rouret, France282 contributions
Did not go to the castle but enjoyed the visit of the old town!
Jul 2015 • Couples
it was a 15 minutes uphill walk in the heat with an entrance fee. We decide to visit the village instead. It is spectacular with tiny streets and beautiful old houses. Water is running everywhere giving a formidable cool feeling.
Written 6 July 2015
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Iweinvanaalst
Lille, Belgium549 contributions
Fantastic reconstruction drawings
Jun 2015 • Couples
Termes castle was one of the absolute highlights of our holiday in Languedoc. The management deserve honor and praise for the comprehensive and multi layered way in which the glorious past is brought to life :

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A fifteen minute introductory film provides a brief overview of the history of the stronghold.

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A number of panels document the heroic four month siege of Termes (1210).

Reconstruction drawings clarify that the site looked quite different back then. The mountain top was occupied by a much smaller stronghold with an outpost to the north and a fortified village to the south.

Battlefield maps indicate the position of both camps and detail the various stages of the siege.

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Visitors can discover the ruins of Termes castle with the help of an outstanding multilingual information bundle, on loan at the ticket office. Reconstruction drawings allow you to visualize the layout and look of the various structures in their heyday, a priceless tool.

The site has been cleared of vegetation and paths have been established, assuring easy access and navigation.

You can still appreciate how impregnable the stronghold must have been : Surrounded by deep ravines on three sides, it is only approachable via the south. The entrance was well protected by a ditch and a barbican, under crossfire from a tower and a sentry box.

A double rampart with several towers protected the living quarters. Cisterns held the precious water supply. Two sneak gates allowed surprise attack or escape.

Only foundations remain of the keep. No walls or towers can be scaled. Nevertheless, the views from the mountain top are breathtaking.
Written 27 June 2015
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davbratz
Paris, France138 contributions
Very nice!
Oct 2014 • Solo
The drive up to this castle is not too bad at all in terms of sheer drops or very steep roads which I'm not a fan of. The car park at the far end of the village is the best and easiest place to park and is well indicated. Walk through the village to the castle entrance where you will be lent a guidebook in whatever language you like. You can then Watch a 13 minute long film ( with subtitiles if you need them) before climbing up to the castle ruins. the climb isn't too bad ( nothing like montsegur for example) and the views are spectacular all around. The castle itself is very dangerous for Young children with sheer drops and no barriers in places. I hate heights and didn't find it too bad but with children Under 5 I would have been very nervous. If you go with kids hold their hand, keep them close and don't let them run on ahead. Entry to the castle is 4Euros for adults and 2Euros for kids. You can also get a special rate if you have the "Cathare Passport" - If you don't already have it ask for it at this site and they will explain to you how it works - réductions at a number of different sites. Well Worth a visit.
Written 2 November 2014
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