Montségur Castle is a medieval citadel located in
Ariège department of France. Although the earliest signs of human
settlement on top of the mountain date back to the Stone Age around
80,000 years ago and Roman coins were found here as well, the fame of
Montsegur blossomed in the Medieval times.
In 1243- 44 Montsegur Castle and Cathars, heretical Medieval sect, were besieged and eventually taken by
the Crusaders during Albigensian Crusade. Legend claims that the true
reason Catholic Church undertook a massive hunt was a presence of Holy
Grail on the site. Another legend claims that few survivors managed to
sneak Cathar gold and Chalice of Grail out of the fortification under
cover of a night before the last final attack. Some say they didn't make
it far and buried their possessions somewhere on the mountain. New
interest in the old abandoned citadel reappeared after publishing of Dan
Brown's "Da Vinci Code".