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.