Following the Albigensian Crusades in the early 13th century, Inquisitors were sent into the region to hunt down heretics. Many Cathars who fled from Albi took refuge nearby, in the hill-top village of Cordes sur Ciel, where they apparently received both the sympathy and protection of villagers. Not long after, however, Inquisitors reached the village, and began hunting down heretics there, too. At least two people were identified as Cathars, and ordered to be burned for the crime of heretical depravity.
Cordes sur Ciel prospered economically in the Late Middle Ages, and many of the buildings evoke the modest wealth of many of the people who once inhabited this village.
|Surrounding countryside that lies below Cordes sur Ciel.|
|Visit to an artisan's studio|