Visit Marvejols (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)
It is an attractive medieval town with a colourful history during the Hundred Years War and the Wars of religion - much of the current town was constructed around 1601, after the original town was burned and most of the population massacred during the Wars of Religion.
The three substantial stone entrances to the town remain as witness to these terrible events and are the major monument in Marvejols. They are the Porte Sobeyran to the north, the Porte Theron to the east and the Porte de Chanelles to the south of the historic city - all three are substantial with large round towers standing each side of the entrance.
In the historic town inside these entrances there are numerous interesting features and buildings to discover and explore - and plenty of information signs to tell you what you are looking at. The tourist office (next to the Porte de Soubeyran) have laid out a 'Henry IV' tour of the town that passes the important monuments, and in the tourist office there is also a small archaeology museum with artefacts from the region.
Much of this part of Marvejols is pedestrianised and includes the 13th century Collegiale Church of Notre-Dame de la Carce (to the west) and some attractive houses including the Hotel de Chatillon on Place Daurade and the Hotel de Prades on the Rue de la Laine.
Marvejols is also well known for a more recent role in history - in the 18th century the so-called 'Beast of Gevaudan' slaughtered almost 100 people in the region surrounding the town, mostly children. Believed at the time to be the work of a wolf, it lasted several years before the killing finally stopped.
There is a statue commemorating the event in the town, while the second statue in the centre of Marvejols is of Henry IV and proudly states 'executed in Marvejols, 1954'. It was the statue that was executed, not the King!
The weekly market in Marvejols is held on Saturday mornings.
A few kilometres from the town is the wildlife park, 'Les Loups de Gevaudan' (The wolves of Gevaudan), where wolves can be seen living in semi-liberty.
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Marvejols
Marvejols is classified as a recommended detour town (plus beau detour)
Address: Marvejols, Mende, Lozere, Languedoc-Roussillon, 48100 || GPS: latitude 44.554, longitude 3.2908
Map of Marvejols & places nearby
Highlights close by
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Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Marvejols, France
- La Canourgue - village d'etape (15km)
- Aumont-Aubrac - village d'etape (19km)
- Cascade du Déroc - site of natural beauty (20km)
- Sainte-Enimie - most beautiful village (23km)
- Parc à loups du Gévaudan (wolves) - zoo or wildlife park (24km)
- Gorges du Tarn - grand site of france (24km)
- Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt - most beautiful village (29km)
- St Chely d'Aubrac pont des pèlerins (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (30km)
- Réserve de bisons d'Europe de Sainte-Eulalie - zoo or wildlife park (31km)
- Aven Armand (grotte) - site of natural beauty (37km)
Market days in Marvejols: Regular market(s) are held in Marvejols each Tuesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Marvejols (Francais)