Pézenas Travel Guide

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  • Pézenas
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Pézenas Things to Do

  • Sweet, sweet, sweet shop

    You can see a mountain of biscits, confiseries and chocolats. The store is beautiful and servers are friendly and as sweet as their sweets.

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  • Droits de l’homme.

    Photo 1. At one end of Cours Jean-Jaurès stands a fountain with putti riding dolphins that spit water.Photo 2. On top of a column that bears the motto of France, « Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité », stands an armed allegoric statue figuring the Republic and holding « Droits de l’Homme » (Human rights) on a lightening. The statue was molded in 1880 and...

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  • Hôtel Bazin de Bezons, XVIIth

    Photo 1. Hôtel Bazin de Bezons is a large building standing at 22, Cours Jean-Jaurès. It is not open for visits and is privately inhabited. Bazin de Bezons was “intendant du Languedoc” (administrator of the Languedoc province). The mansion was built in the XVIIth.Photo 2. It is registered at the “inventaire des Monuments Historiques” for its “porte...

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  • Porte biaise

    Photo 1. « Porte biaise » is an amazing crooked entrance. The architect had a hard time to cheat with perspective in order to give it a « normal » look. Actually, it does not look really “normal” but rather strange!Photo 2. On top of the entrance, a grinning human ( or devilish ?) head. On the lintel are alternately carved a stylized flower (rose...

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  • Le Ghetto, XIVth

    Same as several cities in the Languedoc, Pézenas had in the XIIIth a significant Jewish population. Jews would have established in Pézenas around 1298, coming from Spain, Portugal and Italy. As the Pézenas fairs were so important, Jews played a main part in changing and lending money as well as interpreters between traders from various countries....

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  • Vaulted passages

    Pézenas has plenty of vaulted passages.Photo1. This wide and low vaulted passage is an entrance into the old city from the Castle square (north).Photo 2. The same passage, from the old city.Photo 3 and 4. Porte de Faugères is a main entrance into the old city from south

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  • Old house with a turret

    Photo 1. The Tourist Office offers guided visits of the old town but there was none available when we visited, out of season. I am sure that they give details on special houses such as this one that has a turret included in its front. I suppose it was part of the defense system of the city.Photo 2, nearby, this house must have been built at the end...

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  • Conas castle

    Conas castle stands on top of Pézenas. The castle was first built in the XIIIth but nothing remains of that period. The estate is private and the castle, built in the beginning of the Xxth by Raymond de Thézan-Poujol is not open for visits.Photo 1 and 2 : Entrance into the castle.Photo 3:Le Chateau, fondé par les Celtes 497 avant JC. (the Castle,...

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  • Private houses

    Photo 1 shows two unnamed (or unidentified) two wealthy private houses that must have been built in the XVIIIth and that are typical of on of the styles found in Pézenas.Photo 2 shows the entrance into a modest private house, which is typical of another kind of houses in Pézenas.

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  • Musée De Vulliod-Saint Germain

    Musée de Vulliod Saint-Germain stands in Hôtel Saint Germain (Saint Germain mansion/palace), built in the XVIth, entirely restored in the XVIIth and XIXth. The building itself, outside and inside is worth a visit. At ground level, grave stones collected in the city are displayed. The first level show pieces of Languedoc made furniture from the...

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  • Impasse Simon Ducros

    Impasse Simon Ducros (Dead End Simon Ducros) is a small, rather dilapidated street (photo 2) but it has an amazing, vaulted entrance (Photo 1) with one pillar on the right and two on the left. There might have been at some time a door.Photo 3 shows that this vaulted entrance is half hidden by the terrace of the restaurant where we had dinner.

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  • Hôtel des Consuls : the fountain

    In the middle of the front of the Hôtel des Consuls flows a beautiful fountain. Water flows out of two tapes in a double shell carved in the local limestone. On top, stands a medallion with a coat of arm that has been erased, most possibly during the Revolution.Photo 3. Our little dog was thirsty and was happy to have plenty of water to drink!

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  • Hôtel des Consuls

    Hôtel des Consuls (Consuls’ Palace) stands on Place Gambetta. The front was built in the XVIIIth but the building itself dates from 1552. It was for a long time the seat of the « États du Languedoc », ie the Assembly of the Languedoc province. This shows how important Pézenas was.

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  • Collégiale Saint Jean

    Collégiale Saint Jean was built at the beginning of the XVIIIth after the old Templar church was entirely put down when its clock tower fell down into the nave of the church itself. The main nave has vaults with sharp groins while the side naves have vaults with pendentives.

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  • Musée du jouet

    Musée du jouet (Toy museum) is a small museum dedicated to every kind of toy. They have 800 different toys.Open from Tuesday through Sunday at least 2 PM to 7 PM. More opening, depending of the periods (see website). Closed on Mondays.Adult : 5 eurosChildren over 10 : 3.5 eurosChildren under 10 : free

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  • Office de Tourisme

    Office de Tourisme de Pézenas Val d'Hérault stands in the « Ancien hôtel de Peyrat » (ancient Peyrat mansion or palace).Ancien hôtel de Peyrat was built in the XVIIth and modified in the XVIIIth. The tower is older and dates from the Middle Ages. It is the only remaining part of the city wall.The Tourist Office offers guided visits of the old town.

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  • There Are Many Other Old Buildings in...

    Among the old Hotels are many with interesting features. Several have sculptural creations above each of the several levels of height with what are called mascarones. This feature is seen on many 17 and 18C buildings in other parts of Southern France, such as Bordeaux. Some of these buildings are quite large.

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  • The Old Hotel Moliere Is Near the Center...

    Nearby is the Hotel Moliere which has a main floor above the entrance which has three large statues ,while at the next level up the doorways are topped by architected surrounds and at the top level are mascarons and tall dormers plus more carvings. All is typical of the end of that period and other Maisons of the period are nearby.

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  • Many 17 and 18C Hotels Particulier Flll...

    The Trade Tribunal has an elaborate facade with a decorated sculptured upper facade as well as smaller ones on the main floor, while at the ground level there are rounded tops to the multiple entry doors. Between the entry doors is a sculpted charming water trough seemingly especially set there for dogs to drink from. Near by far is the famous...

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  • Parking Is Only Permitted in the Central...

    Around the central square are some important old buildings, the restaurants and quick food eateries. The oldest buildings were once the ancient hotels that were owned by the rich side by side with todays present day busy activities. But on Saturday the walking area is further crowded by market stalls with everything from foodstuffs to dry goods....

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  • See the Town's Most Famous Sometimes...

    Near the center of town is a statue of Moliere, which includes not only himself but also an important local character from his plays as well. Other smaller inclusion are famous 19C actors and the dedication. It is created by Injabert (1846 1935), erected in 1897.

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Pézenas Restaurants

  • Disappointing in a couple of ways

    I was certainly happy with my bavette and my wife with the chicken skewers, but our friend who wanted his steak well done (not how I would want it, I know, but it takes all sorts....) was appalled to find it really red in the middle. And it was really red. He simply wanted a knackered steak! The real problem with this restaurant was the young girl...

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  • Brasserie Molière

    Brasserie Molière stands just outside of the old town, 100 m away from the Tourist Office. It is a pub and brewery with a large terrace.It is also a restaurant. We only had a beer. Their menu was appealing but we preferred to go to La Pomme d'Amour

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  • La Pomme d'Amour

    La Pomme d'Amour is a nice little restaurant in the old city of Pézenas. It cannot accommodate more than 22 patrons, then come early or book in advance.They serve good traditional cooking, not outstanding but fair.Pomme d’Amour (Love Apple) was the ancient name for Tomato, when it was not eaten but considered as an ornamental plantOpen from early...

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Pézenas Warnings and Dangers

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    P��zenas, ville propre

    by JLBG Written Jan 26, 2010

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    In several parts of the city, pannels figure « Pézenas, ville propre » (Pézenas, clean city) with the picture of a dog leaving a poo and shouting to his master « Eh, Brutus, aren’t you forgetting something ?”, under the heading “chiens, éduquez vos maîtres” (Dogs, teach your masters!).

    If you travel with your dog, pay attention...

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Pézenas Off The Beaten Path

  • Montagnac, church St André

    Church St André is one of few examples of Gothic architecture in the South of France. It was designated with three naves and three apses. Construction of the edifice streched from the end of the XIIIth to the middle of the XVth century. The church, with its dungeon pierced with twin bays, its corner watchtowers, its hoarding and its drawbridge, was...

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  • Montagnac

    Photo 1. Montagnac, named Montanhac in Occitan is an old 3,500 inhabitants city of Languedoc. It is 5 km east to Pézenas, 13 from Mèze and 33 fom Sète.It is a pleasant and quiet little city with narrow streets (photo 2) and an unusual church (photo 3)

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Pézenas Sports & Outdoors

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    View of the petanque-courts in Pezenas

    by Dee22 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The village of Pezenas offers a great tournament every year in the end of July. The tournament is played as both 'double' and 'triple' and a stadium gives you the chance to watch the best players play up close.
    The courts are 'built' with gravel on a parking-lot near the center of the city, and it's possible to walk to the nearby bars and restaurants.

    Equipment: You need to have your own petanque 'boules' and a players-license. If you have forgot your 'boules', it's possible to buy them and lot's of other quipment at a shop at the tournament.

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Pézenas Favorites

  • Maison du barbier Gély, l’ami de...

    Maison du barbier Gély, l’ami de Molière, 1650-1657(house of the barber Gély, Molière’s friend) stands Place Gambetta. It is a 4 centuries old house with 5 levels. It is now the seat of the Boby Lapointe museum.Open: From October to April, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10h-12hAM, 3h-6hPMFrom March to June, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10h-12hAM,...

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  • Boby Lapointe another famous citizen

    Bobby Lapointe is a popular french singer that was born in Pézenas under the name of Robert Lapointe in 1922 and died in 1972. He has a very special style, made of « calembours » (plays of words), « contrepeteries » (spoonerism) and other silliness.To understand it, you must know well French and you have better to also read the lyrics! If you can...

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  • Molière, a famous citizen of Pézenas

    Before Molière, born as Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, was looked at in Paris as a great play writer and a great actor, for ten years, he strolled the roads of the Languedoc province with his “Illustre theatre” troup. Pézenas being the seat of the “États du Languedoc”, he played often in Pézenas. Writer Marcel Pagnol wrote “Jean-Baptiste Poquelin est né à...

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