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Perpignan is a southern French city near the Mediterranean coast and the border with Spain. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Majorca during the 13th century, and a significant Catalan influence is evident in its medieval core. South of the old town, the huge Gothic-and-Romanesque Palace of the Kings of Majorca has ramparts with views to the coast.
Located in the deep south of France, Perpignan is the capital of the Pyrénées Orientales. Its geographical and cultural identity is turned naturally to Spanish Catalonia since it's a border city, looking out onto the Mediterranean coast and the highest mountains of the French Pyrenees at once. Perpignan is a busy place greatly influenced by Mediterranean cultures and benefiting from 2500 hours of sun per year - no wonder Salvador Dali saw it as the “Centre of the World”.
There are many things to do and see in Perpignan including cathedrals, castles, thermal springs and museums. For those who fancy active pursuits, the region offers a wide range of challenging outdoor activities – skiing, hiking or nautical sports.
After serving as the capital of the counts of Roussillon, Perpignan in 1172 passed to the house of Aragon. James I of Aragon divided his realm between his sons, leaving Roussillon and Majorca to the younger, James, the first of three hereditary kings of Majorca who made the city their capital (1276–1344). Perpignan was heavily fortified during and after the struggle between France and Spain for the province of Roussillon. It became French in 1659, by the Treaty of the Pyrenees. Perpignan was a city of refuge in the 20th century—after 1936, for refugees from the Spanish Civil War, and for returning North African emigrants after 1960.
The town walls were dismantled toward the end of the 19th century, but the picturesque Castillet—a 14th- and 15th-century crenellated fort that defended the principal gate—still stands and is now a museum. Nearby are the ancient Loge de Mer, which housed the maritime tribunal, and the 14th- and 15th-century cathedral of Saint-Jean. In the south of the city, the bastions of the great 17th- and 18th-century citadel surround the partially restored medieval palace of the kings of Majorca. Paintings by Catalan artists and by Hyacinthe Rigaud, a native of Perpignan, are in the Rigaud Museum.
Perpignan is a hub for the processing and transporting of the wines, fruit, and vegetables that are cultivated on the rich plain in which it is located. A large distribution centre is in the Saint-Charles district, just southwest of the city centre. Pop. (1999) 105,115; (2014 est.) 120,605.
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