1 - Narbonne _ Sainte-Enimie _ Mende - 243 Km

43.1813180, 3.0063190 -- Narbonne ** - In the year 120 BC, the Romans founded Narbo, their first colony in Gaul, which will be in the next century the brilliant capital of the vast province Narbonensis. At the end of the fifth century, Narbonne and its region fall into the hands of the Visigoths. and the beginning of the next century it is the northernmost province of the Visigoth kingdom. Briefly occupied by the Arabs in the eighth century, Narbonne is then added to the domain Carolingian, as a viscounty with a long autonomy.


During the Middle Ages, Narbonne states both as a trader and dynamic metropolis. In the early fifteenth century, belongs to the kingdom of France, capital of the department of Languedoc.
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, lost all strategic importance, and Narbonne sinks into stagnation. In the nineteenth century gets a sudden economic boom linked to viticulture. After the two wars, Narbonne revives, in the framework of the European Union.

 

 

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B - Pont des Marchands - A pedestrian street that follows the route of the Via Domitia, cross this bridge with houses built over the bridge.

 

C - Gilles-Aycelin Tour - This tower is thirteenth century on the remains of the old wall.

 

D - Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville - Tower Between Saint-Martial and Gilles-Aycelin tower stands the City Hall, built in the Gothic style. See the piece retained the Via Domitia in the square.

 

E - Passage de l'Ancre - This passage fortified palace separates the old from the new. The entrance is through the Town Hall, between the tower of Saint Marcel and Magdalene Tower.

 

F - Cathedral of Saint Just and Saint Pastor - In 1332, remained unfinished but to continue would have been necessary to demolish part of the wall, he could still be useful. So he stopped the works and the present cathedral is just a presbytery equipped with a high-vaulted Gothic cloister. The most outstanding piece is "The Creation," a Flemish tapestry from the late fifteenth century in silk and gold tissue.

 

G - Horreum - Is a Roman warehouse with two galleries open to the public. Open to small cells where the goods were stored. The Romans settled lifts that connected the warehouse with the market forum.

 

44.3655190, 3.4107610 -- Sainte-Enimie - Village included in the list of Les plus beaux villages de France (The most beautiful villages of France).

 

44.5204790, 3.4960480 --  Mende - Service area for motorhome

 

Mende * -- Has cobbled streets with old houses, small squares with fountains, the old medieval bridge, surrounded by houses with roofs careening, the tower of penitents, the rest of the walls. The eighteenth-century town hall and the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame sixteenth century, which include the crypt, the Black Madonna brought by the Crusaders, choir stalls, the XVIII century tapestries and organs.

Be sure to taste the "croquant" an elongated sweet  with almonds and hazelnuts, sold in bakeries and pastry shops.

 



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