The history of the castle begins after the crusade against the Albigensians. Olivier de Termes sells his place of Arques to Pierre de Voisins, a powerful French knight and the lieutenant of Simon de Monfort. His grandson, Gilles de Voisins undertook the construction of the castle-residence in 1280. He undoubtedly called upon the artisans of the king, then at work in Carcassonne and throughout the Corbières, to build this refined residence, combining comfort and military efficiency.
A little history
Château d'ArquesChâteau d'Arques
Masterpiece of Gothic military architecture
The ensemble consists of a quadrangular enclosure pierced by a Gothic door and a elegant keep, virtually intact, with a height of 24 meters, flanked by four turrets. The keep consists of four levels. The first two are vaulted with ogives, the third receives a floor, and the last is the main defensive floor. The southwest corner of the enclosure is occupied by the housing tower, of which two levels are currently being visited.
In the village the Maison Déodat Roché pays tribute to the one of the first historians of Catharism. A permanent exhibition devoted to Catharism and its interpretations, is installed there. The visit is coupled with that of the castle.
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