Minerve, Historic Capital of Minervois and Cathar City -
Between the Cevennes and Black Mountain, the city of Minerve rises on a rocky spur overlooking the gorge of Cesse and Brian. The natural bridges of the Cesse valley make it an exceptional geological site.
Bearing the stamp of prehistoric hunter-gatherers, Minerva is best known for the siege she suffered in 1210 during the painful crusade against the Cathars.
Minerve owes its name to Occitan Menèrba of the celte men (stone, rock) and derivatives of herbech (asylum, refuge).
Immense and haunting, with its terraced gardens and calades, Minerve is one of the prestigious doors of the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Languedoc and is listed in the "Most Beautiful Villages of France".
At an altitude of 193 m, 120 Minervois (es) live in this village.
Historical capital of the Minervois, the city emerges in the middle of the Causse, protected by the deep gorges of Cesse and Brian where the water has shaped amazing natural bridges. A remarkably protected site. In its medieval streets, Minerve keeps in memory the Cathar epic, evoked at the museum Hurepel. Another museum is devoted to the important paleontological discoveries made in the nearby Aldène cave.
- A voir, à faire -= La tour et l'église de Minerve
= Les ruelles typiques
= Les ponts naturels
- History -In the Carolingian era, the Minervois, or Suburbium Minerbense, is an administrative district; the first historical mention of Minerve, "Castrum Menerba", dates from 873, at a meeting of justice.
The viscounts of Minerva are known from the beginning of the 11th century, possible descendants of the counts of Carcassonne. In the 12th century, the Viscounts of Minerve recognized the authority of the Trencavel Viscounts of Carcassonne.
Minerva remained famous for his resistance and his tragic fate during the Albigensian Crusade. The crusade proclaimed by the Catholic Church against Catharism began in 1209 with the capture of Béziers, the surrender of Carcassonne and the imprisonment of Raimond-Roger de Trencavel, Viscount of Albi, Béziers and Carcassonne, as well as the confiscation of his domains. Between 1500 and 1632, the barons of Rieux succeed each other as governors of the royal castle of Minerve.
At the end of the 17th and the 18th century, the life of the small rural community is marked by the presence of a family of notables, the Michelet.
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