Endurance

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.

cathar stronghold Queribus

cathar stronghold Queribus

cathar stronghold QueribusWeekly photo challenge: Endurance

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25 thoughts on “Endurance

  1. “As a result, Pope Innocent III launched a campaign against them that resulted in the death of about 20,000 men, women and children…” – sad, that still religion (Islam) pushes people to terror and war actually in several Arabian countries…

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    1. As it is, it always shall be, unfortunately. Seen in the context of the “christian” crusades that were launched against Islam there can be seen some basis for what’s happening today but it speaks well of neither religion that these differences could not have been peacefully resolved over the millenia of time.

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    1. You are living in southern France? I never seem to be able to get southern France off my bucket list – I keep returning. The wonderful ambiance that struck me on my first visit over 40 years ago I find is still there and I keep getting drawn back. If you are near then you need to see Peyrepertuse too, and the Gorge du Galamus.

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  2. Indeed…Religión has always been a good excuse to kill…Even today…
    The second pic I think is my favourite…It is so big!!!! Everytime I visit one of those places I am surprised by their magnificence!!!

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