Fanjeaux (Occitan: Fanjaus) is a commune in the Aude department in southern France, Pyrenees (Occitania).

Fanjeaux is located at the point where the road from Castelnaudary to Limoux crosses the road from Bram to Mirepoix.

Between 1206 and 1215, Fanjeaux was the home of Saint Dominic, the founder of the Roman Catholic Church’s Dominican Order, who preached to the Cathars in the area.

Tourism and main attractions

  • The Dominican cloister, with vestiges from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. This building, founded in the 14th century, has no direct link with Saint Dominic;

  • The Saint-Dominique Convent of Cammazou: on July 2, 1975, nearly fifty sisters, led by Mother Anne-Marie Simoulin (May 24, 1928 – June 16, 2014), left the Dominican Order and settled in Fanjeaux in order to create the traditionalist congregation of Dominican teachers of the Holy Name of Jesus;

  • The Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption church was built on the former temple of Jupiter in 1278. Its bell tower houses a manual carillon of 10 bells;

  • Market halls;

  • The Saint-Dominique house (Ostau de Sant Domenge in Occitan);
  • The monastery of Prouilhe, one km away, built on the site of the first monastery of nuns founded by Dominic, in 1206;

  • Le Seignadou (Lo Senhador in Occitan) offers a magnificent panorama over the Lauragais plain;
  • The Fanjeaux cross.

How to get to?

Distances by car from the main French cities:

From Paris (tolls): 7 hr 23 min (755 km) via A20

From Lyon (tolls): 4 hr 14 min (477 km) via A7 and A9

From Marseille (tolls): 3 hr 9 min (342 km) via A9

From Biarritz (tolls): 3 hr 26 min (381 km) via A64

From Nantes (tolls): 5 hr 47 min (662 km) via A10 and A62

From Bordeaux (tolls): 2 hr 58 min (322 km) via A62

From Toulouse (tolls): 57 min (79.5 km) via A61

From Monaco (tolls): 4 hr 49 min (521 km) via A8 and A9

Distances by car from the main French cities:

From Andorra (tolls): 2 hr 24 min (150 km) via N20

From Barcelona (tolls): 3 hr 56 min (293 km) via C-16

From Madrid (tolls): 8 hr 30 min (872 km) via A-1 and A64

From Monaco (tolls): 5 hr 9 min (522 km) via A8 and A9

From Moscow (tolls): 37 hr (3,447 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade (tolls): 18 hr 44 min (1,826 km) via E70

From Istanbul (tolls): 29 hr (2,775 km) via E70

From Bern (tolls): 7 hr 25 min (780 km) via A9

Main information

Area: 25.5 sq. km

Population: 834

GPS coordinates: 43°11′16″N 2°02′04″E

Languages: French, Occitane

Currency: euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central-European UTC +1

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