Welcome to Mende


A few half-hidden towers are all that remain of the ramparts, but some interesting medieval buildings still exist. A busy farmers market takes over place Urbain V in front of the cathedral on Saturday morning.

During WWII, Mende (like much of Lozère) was a hotbed of the French Resistance, and local Resistance fighters scored several important victories against the Vichy regime – mainly blowing up railways and disrupting transport links during the run-up to D-Day. Panels around town commemorate several key fighters, including former Mende mayor Henri Bourrillon, the chief of the Lozère Resistance, who was captured in 1944 and died in a Nazi concentration camp.


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