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Lodeve is a small town in the Herault department of Languedoc-Roussillon region, to the north of Pezenas.

The town is in an attractive valley, formed at the confluence of the two rivers, the River Lergue and River Soulondre, and was once a stopping point on the pilgrim paths that pass across southern France en route for Santiago de Compostella.

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The most important site in Lodeve is the Saint-Fulcran cathedral which dominates the centre of the town.

Dating from the 13th century, the gothic style fortified cathedral was built on the site of earlier cathedrals that are thought to have stood here since the 5th century (although little remains of these earlier cathedrals you can see some of the capital stones in the local museum).

Cathedral in Lodève

Of particular note at the cathedral are the carving around the doorway, the belltower, the cloisters and the stained glass around the choir section. Next to the cathedral you can see the large Bishop's Palace with its cobbled courtyard, Louis XV staircase and reception rooms decorated in Empire and Italian styles.

Other sites of note in Lodeve include a tower, 15 metres high, that was part of the original fortified ramparts of Lodeve, and the monument to the dead by local sculptor Paul Dardé: this is a very noteworthy sculpture, with a family and friends surrounding the body of a dead soldier.

You will also want to amble through the pleasant pedestrianised centre of the town, to see the town hall and other impressive 18th century town houses, and to walk a little alongside the Lergue river, with the pretty backdrop of wooded hillsides.

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Below the town you can see the Montifort bridge, a simple 14th century stone bridge with a single arch in a picturesque setting across the Soulondre river

The Fleury Museum contains an extensive local collection of geological and prehistoric remnants, and some local fine arts. The Dardé hall, a 19th century hall now dedicated to the sculptor Paul Dardé, contains three of his sculptures (one is a copy of the original).

Saturday morning is market day in Lodeve.

Shops in centre of Lodeve

Attractions nearby

There are several interesting and attractive natural sites in the hills around the town - indeed, it is usually visitors to the surrounding countryside that find themselves visiting Lodeve. Among the most impressive be sure to visit the Cirque de Moureze and the scenic leisure activities around Salagou Lake.

The 17th century Italianate style Church of Notre-Dame at Gignac also merits a visit, as do the castle and historical centre of Clermont l'Herault.

You can find more travel ideas in the Herault guide and the Languedoc-Roussillon guide.

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Map of Lodeve and places nearby

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Le Lac-du-Salagou

Le Lac-du-Salagou

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Le Lac-du-Salagou guide
Lunas and area

Lunas and area

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Cirque de Moureze

Cirque de Moureze

The Cirque de Moureze is one of the loveliest scenic spectacles in northern Languedoc-Roussillon

Cirque de Moureze guide
Clermont-l'Herault

Clermont-l'Herault

Clermont-l'Herault is a pleasant place to take a break if you are exploring the scenery of the region such as the Lac du Salagou and the Cirque de Moureze

Clermont-l'Herault guide
Villeneuvette

Villeneuvette

Villeneuvette is a pretty small village, interesting because it was originally built as a cloth factory with housing for the workers

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Avene

Avene

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Tourist classifications for Lodeve

Lodeve is classified as a recommended detour town (plus beau detour)

Address: Lodève, Languedoc-Roussillon, 34700, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 43.7325, longitude 3.32028

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The French version of this page is at Lodeve (Francais)

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