Last Refuge-1244—Château Montségur, France. Château Montségur (secure mountain) clings to a limestone peak in the Ariège Pyrenees. It is the site of one of the final events of the Albigensian Crusades, which was waged by the French crown and the Catholic Church against the heretical Cathar (“pure” in Greek) church. After refusing to recant, 207 Cathar believers were martyred on a pyre at the foot of the mountain on the morning of March 16, 1244. A funeral stele now in the Field of the Burnt Ones reads: "To those martyred in the name of pure Christian love." The search for their “treasure” (the Holy Grail?) continues. The cliffs below the “Last Refuge” are topped by a menacing sky broken by the pure white upper clouds that seem to illuminate the cathedral of the “pure.”