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Foix Castle (French Castles)

Built on the northern slopes of the Pyrenees, Foix Castle was one of the best French castles of the Middle Ages. It was built in the eleventh century and was considered by many to be unassailable since its strategic location - on top of a huge rock - was excellent. Three 30 meter tall towers were added adjacent to the enormous walls during the Late Middle Ages. While it was a very mighty castle, one that few dared assault, it succumbed to King Philippe the Bold in 1272. However, it was still a very important castle until castles began their long and steady decline.

Foix castle has been slowly repaired to become a clear image of the past. Two hundred years ago the castle served as a prison until the 1950's when it finally became a museum. Today, one can visit it and have a great glimpse of the past.

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