one even pretends that this is really a Cathar castle, though
one nineteenth century historian claimed to have found traces
of an earlier fortification here. It is often included in
the list because it is exceptionally elegant and unusually well
preserved, and vaguely connected to the Cathar period.
It is well worth a visit for the architecture, and the museum dedicated
to the Cathars in the nearby village of Arques located in the house
of Déodat Roché (1877-1978), a historian and romantic
who did much to revive an interest in Catharism that the Roman Church
had until then successfully suppressed.
There is an entry fee.