Regarding to coronavirus (covid-19) and the decree of french government and prefecture of Aude it is not allowed to visit the the Castle of Peyrepertuse and its surroundings until april 15 2020
Top of the list in the Corbières
In a beautiful surrounding nature
Peyrepertuse is at the top of a limestone cliff with a magnificent panoramic view.
Come to visit, make the path and let yourself be guided by your imagination and this site
which crystallizes bravery, fighting and resistance, values that still echo today.
In spring you will discover a significant amount and variety of a preserved wild flora
In summer you will appreciate a gorgeous swimming spot to refresh after the visit of the castle
You'll be delighted by the colours of automn. It is the most beautiful season in the Corbières
In winter you will often find yourself alone. The castle is yours and it has a magic athmosphere.
And when do YOU come to visit us ?
Sebastien Pla, mayor of the village Duilhac sous Peyrepertuse and Sylvie Caucanas, member of the scientific committee and general heritage curator, presenting the Castle of Peyrepertuse and the importance of its classification by UNESCO.
This immense monument, built on a vast rocky spur is by its geographical situation a masterpiece of the medieval architecture. It assured the control of the French territory.
The UNESCO classification could help to preserve this
extraordinary site and its magnificent natural environment for the
following generations and for a healthier and better future.
The site has been occupied since the Gallo-Roman age (1 BC to 1AC)
In 842, Peyrepertuse has been mentioned a first time in the texts.
From the beginning of the feudal system in the 11th century the castle of Peyrepertuse depends on Narbonne and later on Barcelona.
In the 12th century exists a first castle protected by a wall and including a church.
After the crusades in the early 12th century the castle of Peyrepertuse becomes a royal fortress at the signing of the treaty of Corbeil in 1258.
The triangular lower wall of the courtyard was built in the middle of the 13th century. In 1242 the King Saint Louis or Louis 9 orders to cut stairs into the rock.
The latest fortification rampart of the center part and the rebuilding of Saint Jordi’s keep were achieved in the 16th and 17th century.
Since the construction of the fortress of Peyrepertuse its tasks are to ensure the control of the territory, which is still heretic and dissident to the King of France, and to resist against the enemy, the King of Aragon.
In 1659 after the end of the war between Spain and France signed in the treaty of the Pyrenees, the fortress loses its strategical interest. A small garrison occupies the fortress until the French revolution.
Come to experience an unforgettable journey in a preserved nature to feel privileged and out of time!