This medieval town has a feudal castle and a folk museum. This museum is open in July and August and during the French school holidays. It is also open on appointment in the other months. You can stroll around the old streets of Saissac towards the remains of the castle, which are well worth a visit. In 960, this was the site of a big Carolinian stronghold. In the 11th century, the family who owned the castle was one of the most important in the Montagne Noire. The Lord of the castle, who was subordinated to the Count of Carcassonne, strengthened the fortifications around in this period.


    In the 12th century there were many conflicts between the Lords of Toulouse and Barcelona on who should rule the Midi. In this particular period many towns, castles and cities were fortified. The Cathars sought protection behind their strong walls. Also Saissac supported the Cathars. The well known troubadour Peire Vidal was a much seen guest at the castle of Saissac. During the crusades against the Cathars, all Lords of the Languedoc who protected these people were branded outlaws. Their castles were taken and their possessions became the property of the French crown. French catholic noblemen took profit from this, as their participation in this crusade enabled them to take possession of many castles and pieces of land, being the reward for their input. Jourdain de Saissac succeeded in recapturing his castle for a little while, but after 1242 he had to surrender again.

    The inhabitants of the Montagne Noire have a weak spot for the Cathars, who, in spite of the inquisition and their goal to crush the Cathars forever, would be able to rebuild their lives again in the villages of the Montagne Noire.


Saissac Stone Cottage House

21 Rue d' Autan, 
Saissac 11310

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