Pézenas

 

De la cité de Molière à la capitale culturelle

La découverte de cœur historique de cette ancienne ville de foires, lieu de séjour de Molière et son illustre théâtre, est un enchantement, un retour dans l’histoire. Dans le décor pittoresque de son patrimoine architectural et ses échoppes d’artisans, elle cultive toujours la passion du théâtre et du spectacle vivant.

 

Une architecture exceptionnelle

Pézenas, « piscenae » citée par Pline l’Ancien, est chargée d’histoire comme en témoigne son centre historique préservé.

Pézenas, ville royale, est associée dès le XIIIème siècle à sa voisine Montagnac dans un cycle annuel de cinq foires. Dès 1560, les Montmorency, Gouverneurs du Languedoc, choisissent Pézenas pour résidence.

Son centre historique garde tout le charme des demeures bourgeoises de la fin du XVIe s. et un dédale de ruelles pavées sert d’écrin à la Maison Consulaire, ancien siège du pouvoir municipal, qui abrite aujourd’hui la Maison des Métiers d’art. Là se tenaient, jusqu’au milieu du XVIIe, les sessions des Etats du Languedoc.

Visitez ce cœur historique préservé, l’un des premiers secteurs sauvegardé par la loi Malraux en 1965 et entrez dans les ateliers des artisans pour découvrir leur savoir-faire traditionnel : ébéniste, coutelier, tisserand d’art, ferronnier, émailleur, marbrier, créateur de bijoux…

Vos pas vous mèneront aussi à la découverte du patrimoine religieux : la chapelle des Pénitents noirs transformée en théâtre au XIXe s., la chapelle du couvent des Ursulines qui possède un mobilier remarquable, la collégiale Saint-Jean et son trésor.

Et le long de la D613, la route des antiquaires et des brocanteurs, vous dénicherez la pièce exceptionnelle à ramener de Pézenas !

 

 

 

 


 

La cité de Molière

Sous la protection du Prince de Conti, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin devient « Molière » avec sa troupe « l’Illustre Théâtre ». Le Languedoc sera de 1647 à 1657 leur séjour de prédilection.

De l’échoppe du Barbier Gély à l’hostellerie du Bât d’Argent, marchez sur les pas de Molière et entrez au Musée Vulliod Saint-Germain pour y découvrir le fauteuil de Molière ! Chaque année, en juin, le festival « Molière dans tous ses éclats » conjugue le répertoire et la langue de Molière.

Pézenas fut hier une cité florissante, grâce à ses échanges commerciaux et son développement économique : distillerie, tanneries, savonneries… De cette activité d’échanges subsiste le grand marché hebdomadaire du samedi où l’on trouve tous les produits régionaux et les fameux vins de l’AOP « Côteaux du Languedoc », Terroir de Pézenas.

Nous nous occupons de tous vos transferts vers Pézénas depuis les différents aéroports, gares ou ports. Nous vous accompagnons dans tous vos circuits ou excursion entre Pézenas et tous les lieux à visiter dans notre belle région !

We take care of all your transfers to Pézénas from the various airports, stations or ports. We accompany you on all your circuits or excursions between Pézenas and all the places to visit in our beautiful region!

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Pézenas

 

From the city of Molière to the cultural capital

Exploring the historic centre of this old fair town where Molière stayed and the site of his Illustre Théâtre is an enchanting experience, like stepping back in time. In this picturesque setting, with its rich architectural heritage, and numerous art and craft stalls, the passion for theatre and language is still very much alive.

 

Exceptional architecture

Pézenas, or “Piscenae,” as mentioned by Pliny the Elder, is a town steeped in history, a fact demonstrated by its historic, well-preserved centre.

In 1262, Pézenas joined forces with its neighbour Montagnac to organise five annual trade fairs. It established itself as a trading town when it became part of the royal estate. The Montmorency family, Governors of the Languedoc Province, made Pézenas their capital.

Its historic centre retains a distinct charm with its late 16th century residences and maze of cobbled side streets which provide a backdrop for the Maison Consulaire, the old, local seat of power, and today the Maison des métiers d’art et d’Ateliers d’Art de France.(Art and Crafts Centre) The Estates of Languedoc meetings were held here until the mid 17th century.

Visit this well-preserved, historic centre, which was one of the first areas to be protected by the 1965 loi Malraux; step inside the artists’ studios where you can learn about their traditional skills and different professions: cabinet-maker, knife-maker, iron worker, enameller, mason and jewellery designer.

You’ll also learn about the town’s religious heritage: the old chapel of the Penitents noirs, which was converted to a theatre in the 19th century, the old chapel that once belonged to the Ursuline convent with its remarkable furnishings, and Saint-Jean Collegiate Church and its treasury.

And along the D616 road, filled with antique and second-hand shops, you’ll stumble across the perfect piece to bring back from Pézenas!

The city of Moliere

Under the patronage of the Prince of Conti, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as “Molière,” and his “Illustre Théâtre” troop achieved fame and glory, and from 1647 to 1657, the Province of Languedoc became their residence of choice.

Retrace Molière’s footsteps, from Gély’s barbershop stall to the Bât d’Argent inn. And don’t forget to visit the Vulliod Saint-Germain museum where you can see Molière’s armchair! The festival “Molière dans tous ses éclats” (Molière in all his glory) is held every year in June, celebrating works from his repertoire and his language.

Pezenas is a thriving town thanks to its trade and businesses, and its expanding arts and crafts sector: distilleries, tanneries, soap manufacturers etc.It is this trade that drives the large weekly Saturday market where you can find all the regional products and the famous AOP Côteaux du Languedoc Pézenas wines.

A closer look at Pézenas theatre

The theatre, which was established in 1803, reopened its doors in 2012, after undergoing restoration. It is the centre of cultural life and where the French Academy member Marcel Pagnol declared “Jean-Baptiste Poquelin was born in Paris but Molière was born in Pézenas.” The theatre, which became a listed monument in 1995, organizes performances throughout the year.

Our recommendation the Carnival 

Chase away the winter blues and experience the excitement of the Pézenas carnival with the town’s iconic foal and friends, accompanied by the sound of the fife and drums. 

Pézenas is a City of Art and History boasting a beautiful heritage: numerous mansions of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, such as the Lacoste mansion, the Malibran mansion and the Alfonce mansion succeed one another. Beautiful paved streets lined with craft workshops cheer up the stroll. Besides, Pézenas is unusual in that it has been Molière's place of residence of in the 17th century.

The House of Art professions, situated in the former consular house, is dedicated to know-how and art professions.

At the beginning of June, « Pézenas Sous le Regard de Molière » is a festival during which the old town comes alive through street manifestations.

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Some information on this page has been machine-translated and may not always accurately express the original French. We nevertheless hope it will be of use to you during your research.

Pézenas is a small town of about 9000 inhabitants, located between Béziers and Montpellier, 20 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea. The pedestrian historic center, well saved, and its picturesque streets make it a must visit in Herault. You will find in the year of artisans, antique shops, festivals and animations.

The discovery of the historic heart of this ancient city of fairs, Molière of living place and his illustrious theater is a delight, a return in history. In the picturesque setting of its architectural heritage and its craft shops, it still cultivates passion for theater and the performing arts.

Stroll through the picturesque downtown of this city of art and history, admire the sumptuous mansions, and detours charming cobbled streets, come and discover the many stalls run by local craftsmen.

Near the vineyard, it is also a starting point to discover the wines of Languedoc terroir Pézenas, Picpoul de PinetFaugères and Wine country.

Specialties: berlingots Pézenas, artisanal patties Pézenas. Many restaurants, snack bars, ice cream parlors, bakeries, pastry shops in the city center.

 

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

  • The historical center of Pézenas with craftsmen and creators.

  • In July and August visit the historic center of Pézenas accompanied by a guide. From Monday to Saturday, at 17h. Paying. Departure 5 people minimum. Information on +33 4 67 98 36 40.

  • Vulliod Saint-Germain Museum: Molière exhibition in an armchair.

  • The Great Theater of Pézenas, with its two theaters and garden, a theatrical program all year round.

  • Shopping center, with shops and many services, at 30 avenue de Verdun.

  • Antique shops and flea markets, mainly avenue de Verdun.

 

 

EVENTS AND FESTIVITIES

  • Every Saturday morning: Market Cours Jean Jaurès from 9am to 6pm.

  • Festival Molière in all its Shards in June. Theater, cinema, concert, festival and show for all ages for all desires!

  • Every Wednesday from July to August, the Molière wine cellars: music, food and wine evenings from 7:30 pm; 39 avenue de Verdun.

  • Every Friday evening from July-August, the summer: tasting of wines from the region of Pézenas (Languedoc); Course Jean Jaurès.

 

Réservation d'un transfert de l'aéroport de Montpellier à PEZENAS

Vous cherchez un transfert privé ou en taxi de l'aéroport de Montpellier (ou autres aéroports, gares, ports...) à Pézenas? Avec MEDITERRANEE PRESTIGE VTC, vous pouvez réserver votre voyage. Notre chauffeur vous attendra avec un panneau de bienvenue à votre arrivée à l'aéroport de Montpellier et vous conduira directement à votre hôtel, villa ou appartement à Pézenas.

Pézenas est situé à 69 kilomètres de l'aéroport de Montpellier et pour rejoindre Pézenas par transfert privé depuis l'aéroport de Montpellier, il faudra environ 49 minutes.

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Booking a transfer from Montpellier Airport to PEZENAS

Are you looking for a private transfer or taxi from Montpellier Airport (or other airports, train station, harbor...) to Pézenas? With MEDITERRANEE PRESTIGE VTC, you can book your trip. Our driver will be waiting for you with a welcome sign upon arrival at Montpellier Airport and will take you directly to your hotel, villa or apartment in Pézenas.

Pézenasis located at 69 kilometers from Montpellier Airport and to reach Pézenas by private transfer from Montpellier Airport will take about 49 minutes.

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