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Villerouge-Termenes

In the center of the village of Villerouge, in the Langedouc region of France, is the ancient castle of Termenes. The Villerouge-Termenes castle is known as the home of the last known Cathar Prefect Guilhem Belibasate, who was burned at the stake during the Catholic crusades of the 13th century. The Albigensian Crusades, as they are known, were ordered by Pope Innocent III. During those crusades, thousands of Cathars, who lived among the Catholics, were burned at the stake. In the city of Beziers alone, thousands of both were killed. History records the infamous words of Arnaud Amaury, when asked whether to kill both Catholics and Cathars, responded: "Kill them all; God will recognize his own". He later reported to Pope Innocent III that "neither age, nor sex, nor status had been spared, and nearly twenty thousand people perished." This should be a lesson to everyone regarding the dangers of religious fanaticism. I hope you enjoy the Slideshow or individual photos of Villerouge displayed below.


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photo of a street in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes Street #8057
This is a street scene in the village of Villerouge-Termenes, France.

photo of a street in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes Street #8074
This photo of a Villerouge-Termenes street shows the Villerouge-Termenes castle in the background.

photo of a cafe in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes Cafe #8075
A little outdoor cafe in Villerouge-Termenes, France.

photo of a street in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes City Gate #8084
An attractive city gate in Villerouge-Termenes, France.

photo of a street in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes Street #8044
This is a street scene in Villerouge-Termenes, France.

photo of castle walls in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes Castle Walls #8050
This is a scene at the base of one of the Termenes Castle towers. See a compilation of European castle photos here.

photo of a bridge in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes Bridge #8052
A stone bridge in Villerouge-Termenes, France.

photo of a bridge in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes Bridge #8053
A confluence of village streets and bridge in Villerouge-Termenes, France.

photo of a castle in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #8085
This is a view of one of the castle towers. See a compilation of European castle photos here.

photo of a street and gate in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes #8038
This is a city gate near the Villerouge-Termenes castle.

photo of a coat of arms in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Coat of Arms #8047

photo of the castle in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes Castle #8086
This is a full-side view of the Villerouge-Termenes castle. See a compilation of European castle photos here.

photo of the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge Castle #8065
The castle in Villerouge-Termenes is better known as the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes. See a compilation of European castle photos here.

photo of the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #8062

the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes in France
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #8061
This is the beautiful Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes .

photo of the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes in France
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #8056

photo of the castle in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #8054

photo of the castle in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #8042

photo of the castle in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #8055

photo of the castle in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #8039

photo of the church in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge Church #8070
This is a little church in Villerouge-Termenes, France.

photo of the church in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes Church #8071

photo of the church in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes Church #8072

photo of the church in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes Church #9213

photo of the Villerouge-Termenes Bridge
Villerouge-Termenes Bridge #9202

photo of a street in Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes Street #9196

photo of Villerouge-Termenes, France
Villerouge-Termenes #9184

photo of the Villerouge-Termenes Castle
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #9186

photo of the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes
Villerouge-Termenes Castle #9187

photo of the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes in France
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #9192

photo of the Villerouge-Termenes Castle
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #9200

photo of the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes
Villerouge-Termenes Castle #9204

photo of the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes in France
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #9206

photo of the Villerouge-Termenes Castle
Villerouge-Termenes #9198

photo of the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes
Villerouge-Termenes #9202

photo of the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes in France
House in Villerouge-Termenes #9199

photo of the Villerouge-Termenes Castle
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #9210

photo of the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes
Villerouge-Termenes Castle #9212

photo of the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes in France
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #9216

photo of the Villerouge-Termenes Castle
Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes #9217

photo of the Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes
Castle and Bridge #9187

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Villerouge-Termenes is a little village in the hills southwest of Limoux, France. In the center of the city is a castle, built between the 12th and 14th centuries. The castle in now famous for being the home of Guilhem Belibaste, who was burned at the stake for refusing to renounce his Cathar faith in 1321 AD. Guilhem was the last known person of his faith, all others having been hunted down and killed during the Albigensian Crusades, ordered by Pope Innocent III in 1203 AD. To entice supporters to the Crusade, the Pope offered all lands and possessions taken from the Cathars to any Royal leaders of the Crusade. One Simon de Montfort of England ultimately led the Crusade and criss-crossed what is now southern France attacking and destroying castles and cities where any known Cathars lived. In doing so, he also massacred Catholics as well, with whom the Cathars lived. When attacking the cities of mixed faith, Arnauld Amaury, a papal legate who accompanied Simon de Montfort ordered everyone killed, famously saying that "God will know his own".


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