PERPIGNAN

Infos pratiques

PARIS : 907 km
NANTES : 791 km
LYON : 450 km
MARSEILLE : 318 km
MADRID : 790 km
BERLIN : 1679 km
LONDRES : 1300 km
BRUXELLES : 1180 km
THE SEA
Canet-en-roussillon : 13 km
Collioure : 29 km

THE MOUNTAINS
Font-Romeu : 87 km
Les Angles : 89 km

SPAIN : 32 km

PARTENAIRE OFFICIEL DU SITE

PERPIGNAN, TOWN OF ART AND HISTORY

The name Roussillon comes from the Ruscino site, which was previously the Roman Administrative centre. After Charlemagne (otherwise known as Carolus Magnus) conquered the area in 811, the town quickly expanded. The first written mention of Perpignan is found in a bill of sale in 927 : “villa Perpiniano”. In 1172 it was bequeathed to the Realm of Aragon and the town became the capital of the Realm of Majorca (1276-1344). At this time, work started on the construction of the Palace of the Majorcan Kings and the cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The Castillet was built in 1368, during improvements to the fortifications of the town. In spite of all this, Perpignan fell under the yoke of the French in 1463 but then 12 years later following a prolonged siege, Perpignan was recaptured and given the name of “Faithful Town” – Fidelíssima Vila de Perpinyà. In 1659 Louis XIV signed the Treaty of the Pyrenees and the Roussillon, including Perpignan, was finally annexed to France once and for all. In the 20th century urbanisation saw the destruction of the town’s ramparts and the emergence of several architectural styles. In 2015 Perpignan obtained the “20th Century Heritage” award.