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Chateau de Montsegur
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Château de Montségur - Ariège Pyrénées
Copyright: Stéphane Meurisse
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11000x5500
Taken: 03/06/2010
Uploaded: 03/06/2010
Updated: 18/09/2014
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Tags: montségur; ariege; pyrenees; cathares; catharisme
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