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A castle deemed impregnable
The castle of Foix dominates the town from the top of its steep rock. Its strategic position gave it the reputation of being impregnable in the Middle Ages. A proverb even said that the castle is so strong that it defends itself. The historical monument was built around the year 1000 on the Roc caves and is the cradle of the family of the Count of Foix, famous in the history of France as the family of Henri IV, future King of France. The Counts of Foix were the soul of the Occitan resistance during the crusade against the Albigensians. The county hence became the privileged refuge of the Cathars seeking shelter from their persecution.
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