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  • 1 Palais des Rois de Majorque Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Archers F - 66000 Perpignan

    This palace was built with the emergence of the short-lived Kingdom of Majorca (1276-1344), created by Jacques I le Conquérant for his young son Jacques II. The Tour de l'Hommage leads to the ceremonial courtyard with its two levels of galleries. The..

  • 2 Hôtel de Ville Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Loge F - 66000 Perpignan

    For some people, the three bronze arms on the façade symbolise the "hands" or categories of electors that were once called here to choose the five consuls of the town. For others, these are simply torch holders. There is a bronze by Maillol..

  • 3 Cathedral of St Jean Interesting

    Religious buildings

    1 r. de l'Horloge F - 66000 Perpignan

    Begun in 1324 by the second King of Majorca, Sanche, this cathedral was only consecrated in 1509. It has a typically Catalan façade of pebble and brick. The nave is impressive. In one of the side chapels, there are the painted remains of the original..

  • 4 Loge de Mer Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Loge F - 66000 Perpignan

    This very beautiful late-14C building was the seat of a sea-trade tribunal. The boat-shaped weathervane on the corner of the building symbolised the seafaring traditions of the Roussillon.

  • 5 Castillet Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de Verdun F - 66000 Perpignan

    This emblem of Perpignan stands over Place de la Victoire. Its two towers are crowned with extraordinarily high crenelles and machicolations. Today, it houses the Catalan Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.

  • 6 Maison Julia Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 r. des Fabriques-d'En-Nabot F - 66000 Perpignan

    In Rue des Fabriques-d'En-Nabot (this was once the quartier of ther «parayres» or material finishers, the main business of Perpignan during the Middle Ages), stands this mansion, one of few in the town to have survived in a good state. It has a patio..

  • 7 Musée numismatique Joseph-Puig Interesting

    Museums and art

    42 av. de la Grande-Bretagne F - 66000 Perpignan

    This collection was bequeathed by Perpignan resident Joseph Puig. On view are 1 500 coins, most of which are Catalan and were pressed in Valence, Barcelona, Perpignan or Majorca; out of the 35 000 that make up the entire collection, this representati..

  • 8 Mas Palégry

    Museums and art

    Mas-Palégry F - 66000 Perpignan

    In the middle of the vineyards, Mas Palégry is the setting for an Aviation Museum (aeroplanes and models).

  • 9 Promenade des Platanes

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd Wilson F - 66000 Perpignan

    This promenade is shaded by lines of large plane trees, with palms on its side alleys.

  • 10 Miranda Park

    Nature and gardens

    r. de la Miranda F - 66000 Perpignan

    Built on the site of old bastions behind the church of Saint Jacques, this public park is composed of Mediterranean flora, including pomegranite, olive and aloe trees.

  • 11 Église St-Jacques

    Religious buildings

    F - 66000 Perpignan

    This church was built in the 14C at the top of the ramparts in a district of gardeners and weavers. The dedicatee statue stands above a baptismal font filled with running water. There is a large retable showing scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary..

  • 12 Place de la Loge

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 66000 Perpignan

    Embellished by a Maillol Venus, this square and the street of the same name are paved with pink marble, and form the busy heart of the walled town. This is where Catalans come to dance the sardana several times a week.

  • 13 Palais de la Députation

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la loge F - 66000 Perpignan

    Under the kings of Aragon, this palace housed the permanent commission that represented the central government. It is a lovely freestone building with bays standing on fine stone columns and with a voussoired portal that is typically Aragonese.

  • 14 Place Arago

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 66000 Perpignan

    At the centre of this square surrounded by palm trees and magnolias stands a statue of prominent local citizen François Arago (1786-1853).

  • 15 Campo Santo

    Religious buildings

    r. de l'Am.-Ribeil F - 66000 Perpignan

    This is a vast rectilinear cemetery established in the early 14C. There is harmonious architectural style here; funerary niches with diagonal ribs and marble funereal recesses in pebblestoned walls. This is one of the oldest medieval cemeteries anywh..

  • 16 Casa Pairal

    Museums and art

    F - 66000 Perpignan

    Furniture, tools, costumes, and religious folk art, devotional crosses - the popular arts of the Roussillon.

  • 17 Musée Hyacinthe-Rigaud

    Museums and art

    16 r. de l'Ange F - 66000 Perpignan

    The portraits of Hyacinthe Rigaud (1659-1743) were so successful that to meet demand, the Perpignan painter had to move to industrial means... so well that there is hardly a museum in France that does not have his Rigaud. Next to his Portrait du card..

  • 18 Station

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 66000 Perpignan

    Salvador Dali made Perpignan Station famous by calling it "centre of the world". Not everyone is likely to share his opinion.

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