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I had the fine pleasure of spending the day with TE friend: "didi" in the interesting Cathar country, when in France this summer. We visited several interesting places of this lost people and land. We also found time for a rural lunch under our joint session. Meet 'didi' in full swing - workshop

Presenting today the first photo of the old Cathar Castle Peyrepertuse high up on the summit of this mountain. Of its history:

Peyrepertuse is a ruined fortress located high in the French Pyrénées in the Aude department, and has been associated with the Counts of Narbonne and Barcelona. During the Albigensian Crusade it served as a Cathar haven and stonghold, but was handed over to French forces without a battle in 1240. Known as one of the "five sons of Carcasonne" - several castles along the border between France and Spain - the French fortified the castle in 1242 to protect the border.

Essential for this castle also the faith of the Cathars:

Catharism was a religious movement with Gnostic elements that originated around the middle of the 10th century, branded by the contemporary Roman Catholic Church as heretical. It existed throughout much of Western Europe, but its home was in Languedoc and surrounding areas in southern France.

This presentation made of 2 photos vertically stitched.

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