TOWER, MARKET AND CENTRAL SQUARE OF REVEL
The town of Revel was founded by the French King Philippe VI in 1342. This bastide is organized around a central square where the streets organized in checkerboards converge. This square with its polychrome galleries of brick, wood and stone is a real showcase for a splendid medieval market.
The 14th century market is one of the largest in France. The market is 39 m eahc side and is supported by 79 oak pillars. It is at the heart of the life of the people of Revel, especially on Saturday mornings when one of the 100 most beautiful markets in France takes place. The Revel Belfry/tower, in neo-classical style, dates from 1834. He is the one who rings the bell for the whole town. The country guard and town crier lived there until 1965. The previous half-timbered, brick tower was reported to have burnt down in 1829. It had several functions, including that of a prison. Let yourself be guided through history and discover Revel market hall (14th century) and its belfry (19th century) located in the very heart of the town. Our guides will lead you to discover the past of Revel, its foundation, its town planning and, of course, the market hall and all its functions, of which grain measures are witnesses. Climb the 80 steps of the belfry to gain access to all the floors up to the terrace. It is THE perfect viewpoint "Aux sources du canal du Midi". You will observe the plain of Lauragais and the Black Mountain as well as the roofs of the town, the facades of the square, the church... The visit is tastier on Saturday mornings when the market is in full swing: the merchants haranguing the crowd, the talks but also the smells that rise to the visitors nostrils. Every Saturday at 11am, the Tourist Information Centre schedules a 45-minute guided tour of the belfry. Price: 5€, free for children under 12. In summer, the tours of the belfry take place every day at 11am except on Sundays. The Tourist Information Office staff also offers 'express tours' of the belfry, outside the 11am tour, depending on requests and the availability of the guides. "Express tours" on Saturday mornings in low season and every day except Sunday from July to September, depending on the availability of guides. Prices: €2.50 per person and free for children under 12. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
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