A medieval fortress at the heart of history

Explore Château d’Arques, an architectural gem from the 12th and 14th centuries, revealing the region’s deep medieval history. With its solid walls and unique square keep, this historic site is distinguished by its robust construction and angular turrets. Witness to social and political transformations, notably the transition from the de Termes family to Pierre de Voisins during the crusades against the Cathars, Château d’Arques tells a story of resistance, refuge and cultural evolution, attracting historians and visitors from all over the world.

Château d’Arques:
A Witness to Medieval Evolution

The château, dating from the 12th and 14th centuries, is an architectural and historical treasure trove. It features a sturdy enclosure surrounding an 11-meter square central keep, with turrets at each corner. This medieval structure is a remarkable example of the fortified architecture of the period.

In 1231, a historic turning point occurred when the de Termes family was dispossessed of the castle. It then passed into the hands of Pierre de Voisins, a former lieutenant of Simon de Montfort, a key figure in the crusades against the Cathars. This transition marks an important chapter in the history of the château and the region.

At the end of the 13th century, Gilles de Voisins, son of Pierre, undertook major modifications. He rebuilt the neighboring village as a bastide and initiated the construction of today’s château. These efforts reflect the social and political changes of the time and contribute to the site’s rich history.

In the early 14th century, the castle became a refuge for a small Cathar community. This fact underlines the importance of the château as a place of resistance and refuge during periods of religious persecution.

Immersed in history, this castle offers a fascinating glimpse into medieval times. It attracts history buffs, researchers and tourists keen to discover an important part of the region’s cultural and historical heritage.