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A castle within a castle, Château Comtal stands within the walls of Carcassonne's Old City. If attackers breached the outer and inner walls of the castle, defenders could retreat to this fortress-like château. Such strength was warranted in the 11th through the 13th centuries, a time of intense struggle. Stitch ...
This panorama was made from the ruined fortress of Peyrepertuse, overlooking the small village of Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse in the Languedoc region of France. Peyrepertuse sits atop a 800-meter (2600-foot) high crag. It was a Cathar stronghold in the 12th and 13th centuries. While I was there, a car rally raced up t...