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Things to See in the Languedoc:   Historic Cities

Notable Languedoc Cities include:

Carcassonne at nightCarcassonne: ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.   Carcassona):  the largest medieval city in Europe with its city walls still intact. Stunning. It is one of several World Heritage sites in the Languedoc. Click for more on Carcassonne, capital of the Aude département.

Mende Popular Tourist destination. Click for more on Mende, captal of the Lozère département

Montpellier ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.   Montpelhier):  Leading University Town, with a medical school dating from the twelfth century.  A quarter of the population are students.  Now a vibrant high tech city, but with good communications.  The charming old city has been pedestrianised. Click for more on Montpellier, capital of the Hérault département

Nîmes:  An old Roman city, founded by the Emperor Augustus.  It has some of the best surviving Roman buildings in Europe including Les Arènes (an amphitheatre) and the Maison Carées (a temple).  Denim was originally made in Nîmes - its name come from the fact that it was "de Nîmes:". Click for more on Nîmes, capital of the Gard département

Perpignan ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.   Perpinhan,   The Name in Catalan. Click here to find out more about Catalan.  Perpinyà):  Once the capital of the Kingdom of Mallorca (1278-2344), stilla major Catalan centre, more Spanish than French. Click for more on Perpignan, capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales département

Alès-en-Cevennes:  Pleasant town, despite its coal mining past. Click for more on Alès Next.

Béziers ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.   Besièrs):  Orginally a Phoenician settlement, Later an important Roman military post, now in the Hérault département.  This was the setting for the first siege of the Cathar Crusade, where some 20,000 inhabitants were massacred in 1209.  The Cathédrale de St-Nazaire (XIIe-XV Centuries) is a good example of a fortress cathedral. Click for more on Béziers Next.

Narbonne ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.   Narbona):    The first Romans city in France, dating from c 120BC. Once a port, now inland. It was also one of the principal Roman Cities in Gaul, later a Visigothic Capital, then a Moorish City and later still a Frankish one. Narbonne Next.

Uzès ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.   Usès): Famous as the site of an ancient bishopric. Click for more on Uzès Next.

Millau ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.   ):  Famous for its bridge. Click for more on Millau (and its bridge) Next.

Toulouse ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.   Tolosa):  The historic centre of the Languedoc. Click for more on Toulouse Next.

 

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