The continuing story...

From 1659 onward, the medieval fortified defence line started to become obsolete. The Roussillon region, recently attached to the realm, became the new buffer zone with the Kingdom of Spain. And even if, over the ages, these edifices began to sink into oblivion, they have managed to survive to the present day.
Today, they are registered or classified as Monuments Historiques (‘National Heritage Site’). All have been carefully studied and refurbished, making them the pride and joy of Corbières and Minervois tourism. They are the architectural heritage of thorough craftsmanship and remarkable technical skill, and have been submitted to be recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.