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Learn more about the history of Perpignan  17/12/2013

If you're keen to spend a few days on your family camping holiday in France, then there are few cities that are worth visiting as much as Perpignan.

The city boasts a truly fascinating history which is definitely worth exploring during your time here.

Interestingly, Perpignan once served as the capital of the Kingdom of Majorca in the 13th and 14th centuries.

However, the history of the destination goes back until way before that time, with the town supposedly founded in the 10th century during the era of Roman control.

Soon thereafter, however, it became the capital of Roussillon and in 1172 the land was handed over to the Counts of Barcelona.

But the city would eventually become the capital of the new Kingdom of Majorca. The decades thereafter are widely considered to be the golden era of the city, when it was at its most prosperous.

During this period, it was known as a centre of cloth manufacture, leather work and goldsmiths' work. In 1344, the city became part of the County of Barcelona.

A few years later, however, the city lost around half of its population due to the Black Death and was subsequently occupied by Louis XI of France in 1463.

Ultimately, the local population attempted an uprising against the ruling forces but this was put down in brutal fashion.

And while ownership of the land has changed hands numerous times since the settlement was first established, it belongs to France.

This historic evolution can be traced through a number of the buildings that help to make this one of the must-visit cities in the south of France.

Chief among these is, perhaps, the St John the Baptist, which was constructed over a period of more than 100 years.

The cathedral is still standing today and is certainly worth visiting.


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