Inhabited since the Merovingian period, as evidenced by the discovery of clasps and jewelry characteristic of that time, Malegoude had a fortified castle from 1062, probably located on the site of the fume du Castélas, as this seems to indicate. designation.

The Lévis came into possession of the territory after the crusade, but on October 23, 1391, Roger-Bernard de Lévis I, unable to honor his debts to the abbey of Boulbonne, gave the latter "the town and the place of Malegoude with all its affiliations", while reserving however half of the lands and a quarter of the seigneurial rights, for his life. Most of the lands of Malegoude were therefore part of the properties of the abbey of Boulbonne until the Revolution.

Close to the Aude and already located in an area of ​​dry hillsides and under the influence of a pre-Mediterranean climate, Malegoude was a wine-growing commune. Phylloxera unfortunately put an end to this economic activity at the beginning of the XNUMXth century.
What is surprising, when you arrive in Malegoude, is that the church and the cemetery are not in the village. Malegoude being a very dispersed village, there are no streets. In fact, the school, which was installed in the town hall, was halfway between the different houses.

Malegoude is located on a road to St Jacques de Compostela, as evidenced by the 3 crosses of St Jacques implanted in its soil.
Its geographical location offers a unique panorama of the Pyrenean chain.
The town of Malegoude, located on the Mirepoix-Carcassonne road axis, covers an area of ​​652 ha, at an altitude of 335 m and has 66 inhabitants.
Near Mirepoix and bordering the department of Aude, it is one of the gates of Ariège.


Cathar Pyrenees

Located to the east of Ariège, on the border of the Aude, this territory, labeled "Country of Art and History", revolves around [...]


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