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Just under 50 kilometres from the well-known Cathar stronghold of Carcassonne, another former Cathar village is well worth a visit. The small village of Minerve, a recipient of a 'Most Beautiful Village of France' title, has a sad and brutal past and today offers visitors a glimpse back in time.

 

This part of Languedoc, in France's south, is home to many former Cathar sites and to get a real understanding of the conflict that took place here between the Cathars and the Catholic Church, a visit to the Hurepel Museum in Minerve is a must.

 

I've visited Minerve on two occasions - once in summer and once in winter - and each time I've been both fascinated and saddened by the events of the past. It's not until you visit Minerve that you get a sense of the predicament the villagers faced against a raging attack from the powerful Church.

 

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Getting to Minerve

Minerve is situated in the Languedoc region of southern France. It is just under 50 kilometres from both Carcassonne and Beziers and 35 kilometres from Narbonne.  No public transport is available to Minerve so a car is essential.

 

 

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# Carolyn 2014-01-25 19:35
Quoting Malaysian Meanders:
Minerve looks like such a picturesque spot to wander around and feel like you took a step back into medievel times. It looks very well preserved. Does it get many tourists?

Yes, Minerve is a really picturesque spot. I'm not sure of exact numbers but I'd expect it would be quite busy on summer weekends. Luckily when I visited during summer it was on a week day.
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# Malaysian Meanders 2014-01-25 02:48
Minerve looks like such a picturesque spot to wander around and feel like you took a step back into medievel times. It looks very well preserved. Does it get many tourists?
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# Carolyn 2014-01-24 14:02
Quoting budget jan:
It sounds like a sad place - history wise anyway. Reminds me of Pitigliano in Italy. They have the same gorge except they built right on top of it. And Jews hid in tunnels beneath the town to escape persecution.

Minerve does have a sad history but thankfully now it's a peaceful little hamlet. Pitigliano sounds like a haunting place to visit, too. Maybe I'll get there one day and check it out.

Thanks for commenting, Jan.
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# Carolyn 2014-01-24 14:00
Quoting Jackie Smith:
So nice to meet you on this Travel Photo Thursday. Great post. Hope to see more from you!

Thanks for stopping by, Jackie. Great to 'meet' you too!
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# Carolyn 2014-01-24 13:58
Quoting noel morata:
wow, this is also spectacular, I'll have to put it in my bucket list when I visit the southern provinces some day. I wanted to also invite you to come join us and link up to Travel Photo Mondays, the link starts on Mondays and runs the whole week, hope you can make it?

Hi Noel,

Thanks so much for invitation to Travel Photo Mondays. I'll definitely check it out and would love to take part.

Minerve certainly is spectacular and well worth a visit if you are in the south of France.
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# Carolyn 2014-01-24 13:56
Quoting Johanna:
Would love to visit Minerve - Medieval Village, most beautiful village in France - what's not to love:!

Minerve definitely is rightly classified as a 'most beautiful village in France', Johanna. It's both lovely and moving at the same time. Hope you get to visit it one day.
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# budget jan 2014-01-24 10:28
It sounds like a sad place - history wise anyway. Reminds me of Pitigliano in Italy. They have the same gorge except they built right on top of it. And Jews hid in tunnels beneath the town to escape persecution.
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# Jackie Smith 2014-01-24 09:49
So nice to meet you on this Travel Photo Thursday. Great post. Hope to see more from you!
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# noel morata 2014-01-24 05:33
wow, this is also spectacular, I'll have to put it in my bucket list when I visit the southern provinces some day. I wanted to also invite you to come join us and link up to Travel Photo Mondays, the link starts on Mondays and runs the whole week, hope you can make it?
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# Johanna 2014-01-23 17:52
Would love to visit Minerve - Medieval Village, most beautiful village in France - what's not to love:!
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