Nowadays, Mazères has preserved the characteristic plan of a bastide (checkerboard plan) and some beautiful buildings such as the Castellane (current town hall), the church, the XNUMXth century temple, the seminary, the remains of the medieval bridge ...

The bastide of Mazères was founded on April 29, 1253 by an act of trimming between the Count of Foix Roger IV and the Abbot of Boulbonne Adhémar. the bastide is growing very rapidly, the settlement of the city is accompanied by the clearing of available land. In the 1685th and 14th centuries, the city becomes the residence of the Counts of Foix, Gaston Fébus (XIV°s.) its castle. In the 15th and 16th centuries, its economy was stimulated by the rise of pastel culture. In the 18th century, Mazères became the most important Protestant citadel in the County and during the wars of religion many buildings religious and military are set on fire and demolished. The The city remains until the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1867) the first Protestant city of the County. its monuments built mainly from the 1885th century: - The parish church begun in 1878 was completed in 1875 by the laying of the spire of the bell tower - The hall adjacent to the church classified as a Historic Monument - The covered areas with half-timbered houses - The beautiful buildings of Gaston de Foix and Martimor streets - The former residence of the Abbots of Boulbonne currently housing the town hall - The former Dominican convent built in 1580 Note also the remains of the medieval bridge on the banks of the Hers destroyed by a flood of the river in 1. Today the pride of the city is the Hotel Ardouin built in 31 by a wealthy pastel merchant. It houses the Museum of Old Mazères, a Renaissance garden and soon an interpretation center of the Merovingian civilization (more information on the Museum). Free guided tour every Thursday from July 10 to August 11 from XNUMX a.m. to XNUMX a.m. Meet under the Halle de Mazères. Possible out of season on reservation.

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Guided tours offered by the Tourist Office.


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