An ancient site
Queille is one of the most ancient sites in Occitanie. The earliest written record of "Oc", the language which gives the region its name, is a parchment of the contract for sale of some land at Queille in 1002 (in the Archives nationales). The house has gone through many incarnations and played a key part in the 13th century Albigensian (or Cathar) Crusade and during the French religious wars. The supply chain which kept the beleaguered mountain refuge of Montségur alive during its infamous nine month siege in 1244 was orchestrated from Queille. It is one of many rumoured repositories of the Cathar Treasure.
Most recently, after a long period of neglect, Queille has been restored to some of its former glory and grandeur, especially the 11th century Chapel and the 11th-16th century house. For a more complete history of Queille, click the icon below.
Queille is now home to a biennial festival of music and theatre held at the end of every odd-yeared May. Go to the Festival page to find programme and booking details for this festival, which is supported by the Queille Trust.