The Cathars were a religious sect in the southern regions of France in the 12th and 13th centuries. They opposed what they perceived as the moral, spiritual and political corruption of the Catholic Church. As a result, Pope Innocent III launched a campaign against them that resulted in the death of about 20,000 men, women and children, Cathars and Catholics alike. The Cathars retreated to strongholds in the Languedoc region of southern France where they were held under siege by their persecutors. Queribus, one of the fortresses, endures today atop the highest peak in the area and is a reminder of what the Cathars themselves endured.
Weekly photo challenge: Endurance