Photos of southwestern France
Historic Center of Mirepoix
Like the whole of the valley, Mirepoix was destroyed in the 13th century during a huge flood. The villages where Mirepoix was rebuilt and the set of dwellings that we see today date from that time. You will see many historical monuments in the center of Mirepoix. The episcopal palace, part of which dates from the 15th century. The palace is now a museum. The house of the consuls which dates from the 15th century. Indeed, Mirepoix was run by consuls.
Visit the beautiful village of Mirepoix
Although the traces of human presence are ancient, the official birth of Mirepoix goes back to the 10th century, when the inhabitants received a charter by the Comte de Foix, Raymond Roger. Mirepoix is considered a bastide, that is to say a new city turned around the political, religious and economic powers. The city was fortified: an enclosure surrounded the site and a feudal castle was built.
The historic center of Mirepoix is a small wonder with its old central square surrounded by half-timbered houses, its church and its arcades. To enjoy Mirepoix, I invite you to come in the morning. Tourists are less numerous and you will see scenes of the traditional daily life.
Photo of old Square of Mirepoix
The old place of Mirepoix is in the heart of the historical center of Mirepoix. It is bordered by beautiful half-timbered and half-timbered houses. They date back to the 15th century. The houses are carried by wooden galleries. The whole is very colorful. Nowadays, there is the weekly market, many cafés and restaurants and the town hall.
The structure of the village square is original in that it is not made in one block. On one side of the square is an old covered hall.
Wooden Gallery in Mirepoix
All around the Place de Mirepoix, long galleries made of wood support the old half-timbered houses. In summer, they are very pleasant, they protect from the sun and a bit of heat: they are wide and are an opportunity to enjoy a good coffee or a meal. You will find at the tourist office of Mirepoix a lot of information to make the most of Mirepoix. Enjoy your visit. (© Photos by E. Buchot)
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