|Copyright: Jadwiga Pieta (JPC)
|Medium: Black & White|
|Date Taken: 2004-09-09|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-01-20 6:45|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
Not far from Tuchan is the château of Aguilar, one of the more impressive of the "Cathar" strongholds (evidently these castles were not built by the Cathars -- they were feudal strongholds which served as refuges). It was stormed by Simon de Montfort in 1210, and from 1260 it was one of the "five sons of Carcassonne" (the others being Puilaurens, Termes, Queribus, and Peyrepertuse). These formed outposts at the southern edge of the French Kingdom, protecting the frontier with Aragon. Aguilar remains as an impressive four-square keep, surrounded by a wall with circular towers at the corners. There is also a small, simple Romanesque chapel dedicated to St Anne.
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Wonderful capture in B&W. The texture, composition, lighting and depth of this picture are great.
I like how you can see the countryside through the opening in the wall.