First, the Château de Saissac -- a ruined castle, one of the Cathar ones. We came there, passing Carcassonne. This chateau de Saissac was the residence of the Trencavel, a very noble family in Languedoc -- the vassals of the Counts of Toulouse.
At the time of the Albigensian Crusade in 1229 the lord of Saissac, Bertrand de Saissac (Cathar himself), was the tutor of Raymond Roger de Trencavel.
After the French Revolution the castle quickly fell in ruins.
Wonderful ruins! You can feel the spirit of the old times in every rock. Later it was looted by treasure hunters in 1862, lured by the castle's romantic aspect. Now these ruins are protected as official historical monuments of France
And another mystic place close to Carcassonne (and also the Cathares' point) is Fanjeaux
- the home of Saint Dominic. Yes!- that Saint Dominic who was the founder of the Dominican Order.And he stared his job right here, in Fanjeaux.
And the name of this village, built in II century, means "Fanum Jovis" - Jupiter's Temple.
This is still the most important place for the Dominican brethren.
Look Seignadou (Sign of God)
and some motley details -- the windows that I shot on the way back from the St.Dominic's house to the car: