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CHÂTEAUX CATHARES FRANCE : On appelle « Cathares » (du grec καθαρός / katharós, « pur ») les adeptes d'un mouvement chrétien médiéval. Le nom a été donné par les ennemis de ce mouvement, jugé hérétique par l'Église catholique et adopté tardivement par les historiens. D'autres sources1 rappellent que ce nom, proposé pour la première fois par le moine Eckbert de Schönau (en Rhénanie), serait un jeu de mot associant ces hérétiques avec des adorateurs du diable (catus), représenté sous la forme d'un chat blanc ailé. Enfin, Michel Roquebert, propose dans son ouvrage 2, l'hypothèse d'une erreur de Alain de Lille qui aurait confondu le terme catharos (pur) et kataroos (écoulement) qui a donné en français le mot catarrhe, pris dans le sens d'un « suintement de la doctrine hérétique ». « Communauté à deux niveaux »3, les adeptes de ce mouvement se nommaient eux-mêmes « Bons Hommes », « Bonnes Dames » ou « Bons Chrétiens », mais étaient appelés « Parfaits » par l’Inquisition, qui désignait ainsi les « parfaits hérétiques », c’est-à-dire ceux qui avaient reçu le « consolament », c’est-à-dire l'imposition des mains et faisaient la prédication, par opposition aux simples « fidèles » hérétiques.
Principalement concentré en Occitanie, dans les comtés de Toulouse et de Béziers-Albi-Carcassonne le catharisme subit une violente répression armée à partir de 1208 lors de la croisade contre les Albigeois puis, condamné au IVe concile de Latran en 1215, durant un siècle, la répression judiciaire de l’Inquisition.

CHÂTEAUX CATHARES FRANCE

maurelchristian

On appelle « Cathares » (du grec καθαρός / katharós, « pur ...

Updated: Aug 26, 2012 10:42am PST

Hearst Castle San Simeon State Historical Monument : Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument

In 1865, George Hearst, a wealthy miner, purchased 40,000-acres of ranchland that included the Mexican Ranchos of Piedras Blancas, San Simeon and Santa Rosa. In 1919, his only son, William Randolph Hearst, inherited the land from his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst. By then the ranch had grown to encompass 250,000 acres.

Originally known as "Camp Hill," its wilderness offered a place for family members and friends to "rough it" on camping trips. Despite elaborate arrangements with separate sleeping and dining tents, Hearst envisioned more comfortable accommodations. His simple instructions to famed San Francisco architect Julia Morgan in 1919: "Miss Morgan, we are tired of camping out in the open at the ranch in San Simeon and I would like to build a little something" 

Hearst and Morgan's collaboration was destined to become one of the world's greatest showplaces. As they were planning and constructing his dream home, Hearst renamed the rocky perch from which it rose "La Cuesta Encantada" - The Enchanted Hill. By 1947, Hearst and Morgan had created an estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways. 

The estate's magnificent main house, "Casa Grande," and three guest houses are of Mediterranean Revival style, while the imposing towers of Casa Grande were inspired by a Spanish cathedral. The blending of the architectural style with the surrounding land, and Hearst's superb European and Mediterranean art collection, was so seamless that world-renowned architectural historian, Lord John Julius Norwich, was moved to say that "Hearst Castle is a palace in every sense of the word."

Square Footage: Casa Grande: 60,645, Casa del Mar: 5,875, Casa del Monte: 2,291, Casa del Sol: 2,604, Roman Pool: 1,665. Grand Total: 90,080 Square Feet

Fireplaces: Estate Total: 41
Bathrooms: Estate Total: 61
Sitting Rooms Estate Total: 19
Bedrooms: Casa Grande: 38, Casa del Mar: 6, Casa del Monte: 4, Casa del Sol: 8

Hearst Castle San Simeon State Histor...

JimG944

Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument In 1865, George Hearst, ...

Updated: Jan 27, 2011 9:35pm PST

Northumberland - May 2009 :

Northumberland - May 2009

Ightenhill

Updated: Sep 25, 2010 1:58am PST

Alnwick Castle - Northumberland : HDR blended shots (thanks to Photomatix) of Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. 

Used for many TV/film location shoots, including the original Blackadder, and the Harry Potter movies.

Alnwick Castle - Northumberland

Dave Solomon (flipsix3)

HDR blended shots (thanks to Photomatix) of Alnwick Castle in Northumb ...

Updated: Mar 23, 2009 2:05pm PST

Dunstanburgh Castle - Northumberland : Inspired by some great work by Joe Cornish, I set out on a night that was close to freezing to shoot some post-sunset shots of Dunstanburgh Castle on the Northumberland Coast.

After I'd finished, walking back across a golf-course to the car, I met two young guys who were playing golf by the light of hand-held torches!

Dunstanburgh Castle - Northumberland

Dave Solomon (flipsix3)

Inspired by some great work by Joe Cornish, I set out on a night that ...

Updated: Mar 23, 2009 1:39pm PST

Bamburgh Castle - Northumberland : Bamburgh Castle, possibly the most photographed castle in the British Isles. 

Rather than shooting architetural shots, I prefer to look at a structure in its surroundings.

Bamburgh Castle - Northumberland

Dave Solomon (flipsix3)

Bamburgh Castle, possibly the most photographed castle in the British ...

Updated: Mar 23, 2009 1:23pm PST

Holy Island (Lindisfarne) :

Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

Dave Solomon (flipsix3)

Updated: Mar 23, 2009 12:55pm PST

Ruine Auersburg near Huenfeld, Germany : A short hike to the Ruin-Castle Auersburg, Sept 2008

http://www.rhoenline.de/auersburg.html

Ruine Auersburg near Huenfeld, Germany

Californiahiker

A short hike to the Ruin-Castle Auersburg, Sept 2008 http://www.rho ...

Updated: Sep 28, 2008 12:13pm PST

Saalburg, Germany 2005 : Saalburg is a castle located in the Taunus Mountains, not too far from Frankfurt. My brother and I visited here on November 1, 2005. It was foggy, a bit rainy. It all looked very Halloween-y!

Saalburg, Germany 2005

Californiahiker

Saalburg is a castle located in the Taunus Mountains, not too far from ...

Updated: Sep 28, 2008 10:39am PST

Carew Castle : Carew Castle is about 5 miles north east of Pembroke, it sits on a tidal estuary which is also home to one of the last tidal mills in the country.

Carew Castle

stoneygate

Carew Castle is about 5 miles north east of Pembroke, it sits on a tid ...

Updated: Jun 30, 2008 10:18am PST

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