Queribus Castle, Languedoc


Looking to the east from Peyrepertuse, you will see the château of Quéribus perched on its crag, like a finger pointing stubbornly at the sky, witness to the fact that it was the last of the Cathar strongholds to fall, in 1255.

The hills steep, rocky, desolate
The woman, men, children, on the run
Simon de Montfort, and mercenaries hungry for loot, blood
In the name of the Pope.
Queribus a castle on the top of Earth, the evil earth
And nearest to heaven