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History recounted by the monuments

 

Saint-Nazaire cathedral

The seat of bishops since 760, the cathedral stands on top of the hill. Several buildings have succeeded each other here - a pre-Romanesque church, then a Romanesque church destroyed by fire during the sacking of Beziers in 1209. The present church was built between the 13th and 15th   centuries in the southern Gothic style

Winter: 9 am - midday / 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm.  Summer: 9am-5.30 pm

 

the cathedral cloister

Dating from the 14th century yet never completed. The ogival crossed arches lead to the Bishop's gardens, also unfinished.

October - April: 10 am to midday and 2 pm to 5.30 pm. May to September: 10 am to 7 pm

 

church of Saint Jacques

Former abbeychurch of the Augustin convent, recorded as early as 853, the church of Saint-Jacques is a beautiful example of the second Mediterranean Roman art style.
At the Place Saint-Jacques.

 

Church of  Saint Madeleine

Mentioned for the first time in 1092, the Madeleine was the parish of the Consuls (town governors). Modified in the 14th and 18th centuries, the church has now been restored back to its original roman purity. This is where the viscount Trencavel was murdered in 1167, and where, during the Cathar period, the population of Béziers was massacred by the catholics.
Place de la Madeleine.
Low season: Wednesday and Friday: 10 am to midday ; Thursday: 3 pm to 6 pm; Saturday: 10 am to midday and 2 pm to 5 pm. Sunday: 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm.
June 15 to September 154 to 6 pm Monday, Tuesday and Sunday1 am to 12.0 pm and and 4 - 6 pm.

  

Chapelle des penitents bleus

The Chapelle des Pénitents is the old church of the Cordeliers convent. Elle it was cut off from its nave during the revolution.
Rue du 4-Septembre.
Monday to Friday : 7.30 am to midday and 2 to 6 pm.
Saturday: 7.30 am to midday.

 

THe roman arena

This amphitheatre, built in the 1st century AD, is being restored along with the medieval quarter of that makes  Béziers among the oldest European cities.
Rue du Moulin à Huile

 

TOWN HALL

The Hôtel de Ville is situated on the ancient Roman forum, and has stood in the same location since 1238. Majestic belltower.

 Place Gabriel Péri.

 

Statue Of Pépézuc

Legendary statue which first honoured a Roman emperor and later the Béziers leader Montpézuc who defended the city against the English in 1355.
Place Pépézuc.

 

indoor market

Built in 1890 following to the model of the Baltard halls in Paris, the market was beautifully restored in 1986. There are a host of local products of exceptional quality.
Place Pierre-Sémard; 6 am to 1 pm 
except Monday.

  

The Theatre

Built en1844. A rare example of the Italianate chocolate box style. Neo-classical facade. Sets by David d'Angers. The only example in France from its era to have preserved its original beauty.
Allées Paul Riquet - Visits by appointment on +33 (0)4 67 36 82 84
 

the new arena

Built in 1897, intended for bullfights and lyrical arts in general, the arena is also a popular venue for outdoor shows: concerts and sports events. Avenue Claparède +33 (0)4 67 76 13 45
www.arenes-de-beziers.com
July and August: Guided tours organised by the Béziers tourist office - Mondays and Thusdays at 6.30 pm

 

The "Vieux" Cemetary

Created in the nineteenth century, the Old Cemetery reflects the fortunes of Beziers winegrowers.
Renowned artists such as Injalbert, Villeneuve and Magrou were employed to decorate the graves.
 
Avenue du Cimetière Vieux, 8 am to 5.45 pm.

 

Allées Paul-Riquet

Created in 1827 along the route of the ramparts and ditches that surrounded the city until the seventeenth century, the allées constitute the main thoroughfare of the city. In their midst stands a statue of Pierre-Paul Riquet, sculpted by David d'Angers in 1838.

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