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Top 5 must-see sites

Discover our Top 5 must-see sites!

Take a trip through history, seduced by the rich heritage and beautiful scenery. Are you ready?

1. The Ansignan aqueduct bridge

In the heart of the Fenouillèdes region, this is the only rural aqueduct built during the ancient period (3rd century) still in operation in Europe!

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2. The Saint-Paul chapter

With its 17th-century heptagonal bell tower, unique in Languedoc-Roussillon, the chapter is the symbolic building of Saint-Paul.

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3. Château Saint Pierre de Fenouillet, viscount’s seat

Contrary to its nearby neighbors in the Aude region (Peyrepertuse, Puilaurens, Quéribus…), the château of the Viscounts of Fenouillet was not remodeled as a royal fortress after the territory was annexed by the French crown in 1258 (Treaty of Corbeil-Barcelona). It is a rare example of a feudal castle.

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4. The signal tower at Prats de Sournia

The signal tower (12th century), part of a large network of defensive systems, was used in the Middle Ages to transmit messages via fire or to warn of danger during wars between lords. From the top of this tower (orientation table), the panoramic view of the Corbières, the Gulf of Lion and the Canigó is sure to seduce you!

5. Notre-Dame de Laval chapel in Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes

Remarked as early as the 10th century and remodeled in the 15th century, the parish church features a single nave ending in a pentagonal choir and a superb portal. Its 14th-century carved stone altarpiece is a unique example of naive art and devotion to the Virgin Mary and Saint Anne. Appreciated by the inhabitants of Fenouillèdes, who came here to seek protection against invasions and epidemics of plague and cholera, it was saved from sale as national property after the Revolution.

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