In the heart of Occitania, the small town of ALET LES BAINS has something to seduce visitors with its magnificent ancient civil and military architecture and its exceptional religious heritage.
This wealth is the legacy of the city’s glorious past. Spiritual capital from the 9th century until the 18th century, the city then experienced its golden age: many mansions were built alongside other medieval buildings. Today, we can visit some of them, such as the Episcopal Palace which houses very beautiful historic rooms, as well as a private park with hundred-year-old trees. The Larade hotel or the Fradin hotel, on the other hand, are remarkable for their facades adorned with arcades and corbels. Admire the medieval houses and shops with esoteric, cabalistic and Masonic signs that hint at the opulence of the days of pilgrimage routes.
True place of ecclesiastical power of Languedoc, the city of Alet les Bains formerly called Aleth welcomed illustrious personalities, including the Prince de Conti (cousin of King Louis XIV) protector of the famous author Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known under the name by Molière.
Continue your visit to Alet les Bains by strolling around the narrow streets where the old houses – some of which date from the Middle Ages – are adorned with colored shutters echoing the ocher hues of the arts and crafts shops. On the Place de la République (former well square) the 16th century Maison des Consuls is next to the Family House of NOSTRADAMUS, the Hôtel de la Main d´Argent, the Maison du Régent. Protected by a casket of walls and fortified gates from the 12th century, these places are places of memory, places of culture and art. Welcome and make history …