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Cathédrale Saint-Jean et les toits de Perpignan, Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales, France. This town is located on one of the most picturesque valleys and is known as a center of winemaking and a popular tourist destination. The culture of this place was greatly influenced by its neighbor, Spain, so the streets here are narrow and twisting, and buildings are relatively massive and majestic.
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The main attractions of the city are located around its main squares - Lodges and Verdun. One of the oldest monuments of the architecture is the local citadel and the chapel standing next to it. In front of the citadel is located a beautiful yard decorated with flower beds and sculptures. The most famous religious sight of this town is St Mary's Church which was built in the 16th century. Not far away from the church is located another religious sight - Saint-Jean Cathedral, which construction started in 1324 and lasted more than 200 years.
Art lovers should visit Rigaud Museum, which exhibits the collections of works of medieval masters. A bit far away from the center you will find an amazing architectural monument - Palais des Rois de Majorque. This majestic building is made in Gothic style. Many years ago the citadel was the residence of kings. Or course, no excursion is possible without visiting Chateau Royal de Collioure. It was founded in the 13th century and for many years remained the residence of the Kings of Majorca. After this the castle served as a trading port and a fortress. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Almost one third of the territory of Perpignan is occupied by greenery. La Miranda is one of the most popular parks of this place. Tourists come here to have a picnic, and the locals enjoy bike riding and roller skating among the trees and dazzling greenery. Just like any other large resort town, Perpignan features large choice of cafes and restaurants – there are more than five hundred of them on the territory of the town.
Pienso sin pensar Walking through the historic streets of the city, you can see the beautiful Palais de la Deputation, one of the oldest buildings in Perpignan. Built in the 15th century, once it hosted the most important parliamentary sessions of the Roussillon region. The today's majestic palace built of massive stone looks almost like the original one. Over the years of numerous reconstructions, it has changed quite insignificantly.
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An important symbol of the ancient city is the gate of Le Castillet. The gate was built of beautiful red bricks back in the 14th century. Once this gate was an important part of the fortress wall, which has been almost completely destroyed over the years of its existence. The Castillet is one of its oldest parts. At the end of the 14th century, there was a prison in the gate. Today, it houses an interesting museum dedicated to traditions and art of Catalonia.
Nearby you can see another fragment of the ancient fortress walls - Porte Notre Dame. It was erected in 1478 by order of Louis XI. Since its construction, the Notre Dame was considered the main city gate. The gate we can see today is remarkable for its perfectly preserved interior decoration - it has an ancient spiral staircase and a massive wooden door. The historical building also houses a museum, the exposition of which is devoted to the ancient culture of the region and the most significant events in its history.
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Movie enthusiast in Perpignan should definitely visit the historical Cinema Castillet opened in 1911. The cinema has remained one of the local residents' favorite leisure facilities for more than a hundred years. The historical building has managed to almost completely preserve a rich decoration of its facade. Despite its vintage look, the cinema with 8 comfortable halls is characterized by first-class technical equipment.
Perpignan A kind of special attraction of the city is Perpignan Railway Station. It is particularly attractive for the fact that Salvador Dali himself worked on the station building's design. Visitors to the station can admire its unique artistic masterpieces even now. Besides that, the station building is distinguished by an abundance of unusual modern elements. It accommodates many interesting stores and souvenir shops.
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Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Perpignan
♥   Castle 'Château de Palais des Rois de Majorque' Pyrénées-Orientales, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Fort de Salses' Pyrénées-Orientales, 15.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Castelnou' Pyrénées-Orientales, 18.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Ultrère' Pyrénées-Orientales, 21.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Aguilar' Aude, 25.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Perpignan
♥   Regional Nature Park 'La Narbonnaise en Méditerranée' , 37.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Pyrénées catalanes' , 51.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Cap de Creus' , 54.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Aiguamolls de l`Empordà' , 55.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa' , 67.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Perpignan from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Santa Margarida

From the series “Majestic and Spectacular Craters and Crater Lakes”
In the surroundings of the volcano is a lot of excellent tourist trails with signposting. On some of them you can also drive by car. In 1982, La Garrocha district was declared a nature reserve, so the tourists visiting it should observe some important rules. There are special places for tents and picnics on the territory of the nature reserve. The tourists, who like to bring the natural souvenirs (eg pebbles and plants) from the picturesque regions back home, is recommended to do without this tradition. … Read further

Torre Galatea

From the series “Top 16 Most Amazing Buildings of the Planet”
In this beautiful building Salvador Dali has spent the last years of his life. Today, Torre Galatea is a museum dedicated to the work of the world famous painter. The most unusual 'exhibit' of the museum is in the central hall. Here was the tomb in which Salvador Dali rests. Hundreds of tourists from all over the world come to the museum every day to admire the artist's mortal cover and to see the unique works of art. The original 'Temple of Surrealism' is one of the most recognizable and unique art museums in the world. … Read further
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