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    Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Feb 17, 2015

    This is probably, the best visit in Perpignan, since the Palace (where lived the King Sancho, from Mallorca, Spain) is not very well preserved.
    Entrance to the cathedral is free of charge. Inside there is a pretty tomb of King Sancho of Malllorca. The organ is believed to be the greatest in the south of France.
    There is a sign explaining in French and in English the history of this cathedral, built in Gothic style in the XIV century by King Sancho of Mallorca, in the times when the south east of present France belonged to Spain (It was Spanish until the year 1659).

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    The Loge de Mer

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 27, 2012

    "First we’d visited a mansion that had free entry but that was only to the main entrance because most of the building was closed for some indiscernible reason. I say indiscernible because the lady babbled rapidly in French even though we’d already established the fact that I only understood English."
    The place dates from 1397 but has been refurbished and extended, mostly in the 16th century and it once housed a commercial tribunal in charge of ruling on claims on the maritime side of the law.
    Michelin gives it a star but I failed to see anything in the lower floor that got me excited.
    The upper floors were closed when I was there so maybe it's all upstairs.

    Detail from a doorway The courtyard
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    Visit the castle

    by Beausoleil Updated Mar 28, 2012

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    Palais des Rois de Majorque (Palace of the Kings of Majorca)

    The palace / castle was built originally in 1276 and is very different from your typical French chateau of the period. That is because this was not France in 1276. It is easy to see the Spanish influence here.

    There is information in English on opening and closing times and prices here:
    http://www.mairie-perpignan.fr/vie-pratique/culture/a-visiter

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    A day on 'Le Train Jaune'

    by NateSeats Written Oct 7, 2010

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    I've visited the Pyrenees Orientale frequently over the past 6 years or so and have always wanted to take a trip on the famous "Train Jaune". Well, this year we finally dedicated a day for the experience. What an absolute waste of our time and money!!

    The cabins were overcrowded and overly hot having no aircon and this was only made worse by the lack of any refreshments whatsoever, this theme is also continued at every station you pass.

    This supposed "tourist attraction" has had many years to establish and perfect itself and to be frank, had I known how bad it was, they couldn't have payed me!!

    DO NOT DO IT!!!!

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    Views of the City

    by hquittner Written Feb 6, 2010

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    Near the Cathedral is where the center of the modern city is located and just North of that is the Castillet. The second important church of the city is a ways east of the city center, that of St. Jacques.

    The Center of the Modern City Church of St. Jacques Another Large Church
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    The Upper Chapel Has Decorations

    by hquittner Written Feb 5, 2010

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    A few decorations are in the Upper Chapel that make it more interesting. There is an old wooden altar with small paintings and Ivory inlays as well as small carvings on the Gothic lower vault and at the center. Elsewhere unrestored sculptures await display that have never been set out.

    Chapel Altar Center of Vault Corbel Carvings Unfeatured Old Carved Capital
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    Entering the Major Rooms of the Palace

    by hquittner Written Feb 5, 2010

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    The outer view of the Eastern side of the Palace has a two level chapel. On the South side of the palace is the giant throne room with one side completely occupied by a rank of fireplaces. The entry to the chapel is occupied by small columns and carved capitals covered with fanciful fantastic animals. The apse wall of the chapel is covered by a large stained glass window. Around on the inner walls of the inner courtyard are some fine glass windows adding decoration of the stone work.

    Outside of Chapels on East Inside the Throne Room Capitals of Fanciful Animals East View In Upper Chapel Inner Court Double Window
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    See the Palace of the Kings of Majorca

    by hquittner Updated Feb 5, 2010

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    Some distance south of the center of Perpignan is the large enclosed area that holds the Palace of the Kings of Majorca. The outer wall is composed of ramparts which are entered through a vaulted brick wall which then enters a garden. This leads to an inner courtyard. Before this are a stone sculpture entrance. and a wide ramp that serves as a riding entry and ultimately the apartments.

    The Approach to the Palace An Outside Monument The Horse Ramp Inner Wall Entrance to Apartments
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    More On the Old Cathedral

    by hquittner Written Jan 30, 2010

    The oldest item in the Vieux St. John's is from the Visigothic period, namely an ancient font carved in marble. There is some encircling carved decoration and a small head and some inscription. On the outer aspect of the old church are two stone relief carvings embedded into the wall and there is also a statue of the Virgin

    A Visigoth Font Entry to Vieux Church Outer Wall Bar Relief Saint Ste. Mary
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    Enter the Ancient St.-Jean-le-Vieux

    by hquittner Written Jan 30, 2010

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    Part of the St. John's church is a section of the earlier Ancient version finished in 1025. In a special place therein is a chapel containing the most cherished relic in the church, an early 1307 Devout Christ Wooden Crucifix. Also in this area is a marble tomb of 17C Bishop Louis Montmort and a revered Virgin and Child of that period and other items

    The Devout Christ Closer View of Crucifixation Bishop Montmort Virgin and Child Ancient Chapel
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    Inside the Cathedral of St. John

    by hquittner Written Jan 30, 2010

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    The church has a single nave with no aisles and is 42 ft wide. The main altar has upon it a gilded statue of the Baptist and fine surrounds, while behind the altar is a stained glass apsidial window. Nearby are other altars containing many statuary which are tall and of polychrome wood and on other altars made with smaller statuary embedded in the altars.

    The Main Altar Sr. John Absidial Stained Glass Window A Mary Altar A Sainted Altar Group
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    Outside the Cathedral of St. John

    by hquittner Written Jan 29, 2010

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    The materials used in creating the outside of the Cathedral of St. John are typical of this locality, far from the usual stone used in the North. The building is done with smooth rocks, pebbles and flat bricks. When it was built the site was close to the water edge and the shore. There was almost no external decoration and the windows are very narrow and not tall. The most outstanding outside adornment is a square tower at the southwest corner of the church and a 15C campanile within an elaborate 18C wrought iron cage. The entrance is covered by a slightly decorated statue of John the Baptist. To the left of the west side of the church is a Sanctuary, a remain of the earlier Romanesque cathedral built here, containing important items inside.

    West Front of Cathedral The SW Wrought Iron Tower John the Baptist A Gargoyle Entry to the Sanctuary
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    See the Castillet in the Center of Town

    by hquittner Written Jan 29, 2010

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    The Castillet was originally important both as a fortress and as a town gate. Later it was a seat of Justice and then was the city jail. Today it survives as the Casa Pairial, or Catalan Museum of Arts and Crafts.

    The Castillet
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    Citedel

    by denise16 Written Oct 27, 2006

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    A large fort within a fort within a wall, within a city. Worth a hours visit, grat views of the city. Seems to be a popular palce for society weddings, Catalan brides dont go for the white dress as we do, or at leat the one we saw, she wore a beautiful silk creation incatalan colours.
    Site of the annual jazz festival inSeptemebr.

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    The Keep

    by dlandt Updated Mar 25, 2005

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    I gather that Perpignan tore down its defensive walls some time ago, but they kept the main keep.

    Note that the keep flies the flag of Catalonia, not France. I'm not sure why it doesn't fly both, but I found the sight a rather telling reminder that this part of France is also part of the Catalan area.

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