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Perpignan is a town in the south of France, prefecture of the Pyrénées-Orientales department and the fourth most populous city in the Occitanie region. Former continental capital of the Kingdom of Mallorca, the city was annexed by the Kingdom of France in 1659.

According to INSEE, its intramural municipal population was 120,158 Perpignanais in 2017 (30th nationally). Its urban area has a concentration of 323,388 inhabitants.



Republic Square (Perpignan)
Place de la République is a square located in Perpignan, the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales. The square is located in the hypercentre of the town of Perpignan, in the Saint-Jean district.

Coronell d'En Vila in the Middle Ages, Liberty Square in 1799, Napoleon Square under the First Empire and Royal Square under the Restoration. It was not until the end of the 19th century that it took the name of Place de la République.

During the Middle Ages, the square was located in the ramparts of Perpignan and hosted a market.

It received the tombs of Generals Dagobert and Dugommier, heroes of the 1793 war against Spain, where they remained there until 1826. Under the First Empire the city hosted another market and regained its primary function.

The 100,000 overcoats, the oldest sign in the city, settled there and in 1888 a large Baltard-style hall had it built there to house this market.

Campo Santo in Perpignan
The Campo Santo is a building located in the city of Perpignan, in the Pyrénées-Orientales in the Occitanie region. It is the oldest and largest surviving medieval cemetery in France.

Le Castillet or Castellet (in Catalan) is a monument of the city of Perpignan which was in turn the city's gate and state prison. Today it houses the Catalan Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions (La Casa Pairal). It was also called at certain times Baluard or Bastilla.

Cathedral Saint-Jean-Baptiste of Perpignan
The Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Perpignan Cathedral is a 14th-century Gothic-style Catholic cathedral located in the city of Perpignan in France. Collegiate at the time of its construction, it replaces the Romanesque building, known as Saint-Jean-le-Vieux, which nevertheless remains today, on its northern flank. It became a cathedral in 1602, when the episcopal seat of the diocese of Perpignan-Elne was transferred from Elne.

The cathedral is part of an urban religious ensemble comprising: Campo Santo cloister-cemetery, Saint-Jean-le-Vieux church, Saint-Jean-Baptiste cathedral (known as Saint-Jean-le-Neuf), Saint-Jean-le-Neuf -Jean-the Evangelist known as of the Funeral, the chapel of the Devout-Christ, the former episcopal palace and the building known as the Syndicate. It also included the Saint-Jean hospital and the presbytery, demolished.

Church of Réal
The Eglise de la Réal or Notre-Dame de la Réal is a Catholic church located in Perpignan, in the Pyrénées-Orientales. The Réal church is located in the street of the same name, which connects the middle of Petite la Réal and Grande la Réal streets. It gave its name to the La Réal district. The church has a length of 61 meters and a width of 22 meters. The plan is that of a single nave divided into eight bays. On the sides of the chapels were arranged between the buttresses. The church is oriented west-north-west / east-south-east.

Sea lodge (Perpignan)
La Loge de Mer in Perpignan is a Catalan Gothic-style civil building built from the end of the fourteenth century and completed in the sixteenth century. During the Middle Ages, the Place de la Loge was the civic center of the city, and combined the various local powers: commercial court (Sea Consulate), municipal power (Consulate: town hall), and local deputation of the Generalitat: palace of the deputation.

Le Castillet (Perpignan)
Le Castillet cinema is a cinema room located in Perpignan, in the Pyrénées-Orientales. The cinema is located since its creation at 1 boulevard Wilson (Perpignan).

Pams Hotel
The former Pams hotel is a private mansion located in Perpignan in the Pyrénées-Orientales department. The building is located at 18 rue Émile-Zola (former rue Saint-Sauveur) in Perpignan in the Historic Center district.

The house was bought by Pierre Bardou in 1852, promoter of JOB cigarette paper, a brand founded in 1849 by his father Jean Bardou. In 1872, adjoining plots were acquired and the owner built his first glass factory. This one, of metallic architecture opens onto a garden courtyard.

In February 1892, Pierre Bardou died. Her daughter Jeanne and her husband Jules Pams, thanks to the family fortune, transformed the place from 1896 to 1902 into a sumptuous mansion designed by the architect Léopold Carlier.

Two years after the death of his wife Jeanne in 1916, Jules Pams remarried Marguerite Holtzer and died in 1930.

The hotel will be sold in 1946 to the city of Perpignan.

The old hotel was partially classified as historical monuments in 1989 and partially registered in 2017.