Mirepoix is not the place first mentioned in the
tenth century and taken by the Crusaders in 1210. That place
was retaken by Count Raymond-Roger of Foix,
who before his death on 27 March 1223 within Mirepoix castle, granted
it to his son, Loup Foix (d.1259+) and Raymond-Sanche Rabat.
That town was utterly destroyed by a flood in 1289 and the new bastide
town built on a new site on the other side of the river by Jean Levisin
from 1290 onwards. The new town was set up in rectangles
within a rectangular site. In 1362 the town was wrecked by
Routiers. Now merely a section of wall and one of the
original 4 gates remains, together with 9 of the original 28
rectangular plots. The site of old defences were decayed and
largely destroyed by 1680 when the ditch was filled in.
Within the area of the old defences are the covered shop arcades known
as Les Courverts. These are thought to be the finest in
France and remain a massive draw for tourists to this day.
The church of 1298 has the second largest Gothic chancel arch
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Paul Martin Remfry