The name “la Pomarède” comes from the Occitan language and was first documented in 1091 as a religious house, becoming a village in the 13th century.

In 1211 it was commandeered as a fortified outpost of the Count of Toulouse against the crusade (1208 – 1249) waged by Simon de Montfort against the Cathares in the region

In 1347 Aimeri de Roquefort was nominated as nobleman of La Pomarède and was later attached to the Viscounts of Caraman before passing successively into the hands of other nobles until it was bought by the council in 1950 from Jeanne-Marie-Louise d’Auberjon who was the last Châtelaine of La Pomarède.

The village is small and very quiet, surprisingly very few tourists make it here, there is a nice restaurant within the castle walls and some excellent views across the Lauragais plain to the Pyrenees Mountains. A very small village church nestles in the narrow street just outside of the castle walls – it is a quiet and sleepy place – even the dogs that doze in the sun cannot summon up the energy to watch the few tourists walk by.

The Château is between Revel and Castelnaudary, at the foot of la Montagne Noire.

After having visited the château and village, if you haven’t eaten in the restaurant, walk or drive down to the lake and have a picnic – there are lots of wild birds, including, herons, grebes, egrets and wild ducks.

Here is a time lapse sequence РCh̢teau de La Pomar̬de in The Aude, France Рa small medieval castle and village with an excellent restaurant within the walls of the castle Рa great place to look out across the Lauragais plain and the Pyrenees.

The bridge was taken with a Nikon D200 with a Sigma 18-50mm lens and the castle with a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 10-20mm lens and polarizing filter – the shadows change as the sun moves – note to self : must get closer to light and shade next time.

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