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Languedoc Roussillon

Situated directly south of Paris bordering the Mediterranean coast between Provence and the Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the 26 regions of France. The region is made up of five departments, the Lozere, Herault, Gard, Aude, and Pyrenees-Orientales, these departments are politically linked as one region with Montpellier,the regional capital.
Roussillon, was part of Catalonia until 1659 when it was claimed by the French. Roussillon derived its name from Ruscino Rosceliona, and Castel Rossello, a small fortified tower built on the edge of a promontory overlooking the river Tet. A medieval tower at Château-Roussillon is a copy of the original and was built as a signal tower. Twenty meters high, it dominates the gardens Saint-Jacques and the plain of Perpignan.
Languedoc refers to the Occitan dialect, and is literally the 'land where people say "oc"', (instead of “oui"). From the 6th century BC seafaring peoples from across the Mediterranean settled in the area the Greeks, founded Marseille and the Phoenicians created Agde. Olive and grape cultivation thrived in the area and is still a key part of the local economy today. Numerous Roman ruins and buildings can be found in the area.

Perpignan river
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