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Foix

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Foix is a commune, the former capital of the County of Foix. Today it is the Préfecture of the Ariège department in southwestern France in the Occitanie region. It is the least populous administrative centre of a department in all of France, although it is only very slightly smaller than Privas. It lies south of Toulouse, close to the border with Spain and Andorra. At the 2009 census, the city had a population of 9,861 people. It is only the second city of the department after Pamiers which is one of the two sub-prefectures. Foix is twinned with the English cathedral city of Ripon.HistoryThe Romans built a fort on the rocky hill where the Château de Foix castle now overlooks the town. The town of Foix probably owes its origin to an oratory founded by Charlemagne, which afterwards became the Abbey of Saint Volusianus in 849. The current area was preceded by the County of Foix.The founding, in 849, of the Abbey Saint-Volusien allowed the development of urban living in the tenth century to the twelfth century. The city reached its peak in the fourteenth century.The castle, whose foundations date back to the early tenth century, was a strong fortress that withstood the repeated attacks of Simon de Montfort IV between 1211 and 1217, during the Albigensian Crusade. In 1272, when the Count of Foix refused to recognize the sovereignty of the king of France, Philip the Bold personally took the leadership of an expedition against the city, subsequently the count surrendered. In 1290, at a meeting of the Béarn region and the county of Foix, the city was practically abandoned by the Counts. Gaston Phoebus was the last to have lived in the castle, and by the sixteenth century the castle had lost its military purpose. The castle was then used as a prison until 1864.
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Castle
Chateau de Foix
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Theme Park
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Duration: 8 hours
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Parc de Bouycheres
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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Cave
Grotte de Niaux Niaux
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Duration: 3 hours
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History Museum
Parc de la Prehistoire Tarascon-sur-Ariege
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Duration: 3 hours
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Architectural Building
Chateau de Peyrepertuse Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse
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Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Foix

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Waterfall
Une cascade de la Turasse. Roquefort-les-Cascades
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Eglise de Saint Volusien
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Duration: 30 minutes
Outdoor Activity
Pyrenevasion
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Duration: 4 hours
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Antique Store
La Peau de Lapin
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Duration: 30 minutes

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