It has a sad and tragic history. In 1210, during the Albigensian Crusade, a group of Cathars were given refuge within it’s sturdy walls. The Pope’s army, led by Simon de Montfort, laid seige to the village. The seige went on for weeks….until the town’s water supply was destroyed by a carefully placed catapult. The Viscount of Minerve negotiated a surrender….the villagers were saved but the Cathars refused to renounce their faith and were burned at the stake.
Only villagers are allowed to drive in, so you have to walk in….either on a breathtaking viaduct near the highway or a winding path above the village.
It is, indeed, a beautiful village.
“If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, then and only then will truth prevail over fanaticism.” ~ Thomas Jefferson