The bastide of Mazères is founded April 29, 1253 by an act of paréage between the Count of Foix Roger IV and the abbot of Boulbonne Adhémar. The country house is growing very quickly, the population of the city is accompanied by the clearing of available land.
In the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, the city became the residence of the Counts of Foix, Gaston Fébus (XNUMXth century) built his castle there.
In the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, its economy was stimulated by the growth of the culture of pastel.
In the XNUMXth century, Mazères became the Protestant citadel the most important in the County and during the wars of religion many religious and military buildings were set on fire and demolished.
The city remained until the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685) the first Protestant city of the County.

Although the wars of religion destroyed the real estate heritage of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, Mazères surprises with the richness of its monuments built mainly from the 18th century:
- The parish church started in 1867 was completed in 1885 with the installation of the spire of the bell tower
- The hall adjacent to the church listed as a Historic Monument
- Cutlery with half-timbered houses
- The beautiful buildings of rue Gaston de Foix and rue Martimor
- The former residence of the Abbots of Boulbonne, la Castellane currently housing the town hall
- The former Dominican convent built in 1878

- The temple
Note also on the banks of the Hers, the remains of the medieval bridge destroyed by a flood of the river in 1875.

Today the pride of the city is the Hôtel Ardouin, built in 1580 by a wealthy pastel merchant. It houses the Vieux Mazères museum, a "Renaissance" garden and a remarkable interpretation center of Merovingian civilization (more information about the Museum).

Free guided tour of the Bastide every Tuesday from July 1 to August 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Meet in the Hall of Mazères.
Possible out of season by reservation.


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Equipments and Services


  • Playground
  • Boutiques
  • Garden
  • Shaded garden
  • Park
  • Parking
  • Coach parking
  • Restaurant
  • Entertainment room
  • Screening Room
  • Festival hall
  • Marked trails
  • Picnic tables


  • Pet Friendly


  • Drinking water point