The name “la PomarÃ¨de” 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 1347Â Aimeri de Roquefort was nominated as nobleman of La PomarÃ¨de 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 ChÃ¢telaine of La PomarÃ¨de.
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 ChÃ¢teau is between Revel and Castelnaudary, at the foot of la Montagne Noire.
After having visited the chÃ¢teau 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 – ChÃ¢teau de La PomarÃ¨de in The Aude, France – a small medieval castle and village with an excellent restaurant within the walls of the castle – a 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.