Things to do in the Languedoc: Towns: Mirepoix
is a communes in the Ariège department, Midi-Pyrénées
It lies in the Hers valley betweenCarcassonne and Pamiers.
The original town was virtually destroyed by flooding of
the Hers-Vif river on 16 June 1289. It was subsequently rebuilt
by Jean de Levis in 1290.
The inhabitants are called Mirapiciens.
The names Mirepoix and Mirapicien come from the Occitan Mirapeis,
supposedly from mire peis meaning see the fish
(a fish features on the town's coat of arms)
The centre of Mirepoix is built around the place de Couverts
which in turn has the 14th century Maison des Consuls as its
main attraction. The overhanging arcades have exposed beams
and from these there are approximately 150 individually carved
The cathedral of St-Maurice, built in the Gothic style, has
a particularly wide nave and a maze (technically a labyrinth).
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