Château de Saint-Félix-Lauragais
The castle was originally constructed in the 11th century. The first Synod of the Cathar church, known as the Council of Saint-Félix was held there in 1167. In the 14th century, the castle was transformed into a country house by a brother of Pope John XXII. The complex includes buildings from the 13th to the 18th centuries.
Since its founding, it had always been privately owned. However, in early 2012 the then owners agreed to sell the château to a family who intended to restore it into a family home. Only a small portion of it was habitable and it was estimated that 2,850,000 € would be required to make it fully so. In late August 2012, the commune of St-Felix-Lauragais, at the request of the mayor André Rey, intervened in the purchase and compulsorily acquired the château at a cost of 1,240,000 €. Despite the economic crisis affecting France at the time, it is not known how the commune will raise the almost 3,000,000 € needed to make the building safe for the public to use and visit. The mayor simply noted “mais le financement est compliqué” (the financing is complicated). At the time, according to the town hall, the commune had a population of only 1,373.
- Ministry of Culture: Château (French)
- Florian Moutafian, "Saint-Félix Lauragais : la commune rachète le château !", Voix du Midi, 11 October 2012
- La mairie de Saint-Félix-Lauragais website
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