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Perpignan

(pĕrpēnyäN`), city (1990 pop. 108,049), capital of Pyrénées-Orientales dept., S France, near the Spanish border and the Mediterranean. It is a farm trade center, handling wine, fruits, and vegetables. It has distilleries, canneries, and factories making chocolate, clothing, paper, and toys. Tourism is also important; there is a nearby international airport, and the city is a thoroughfare for motorists going to Spain. Founded c.10th cent., Perpignan was the fortified capital of the Spanish kingdom of RoussillonRoussillon
, small region and former province, S France, bordering on Spain along the Pyrenees and on the Mediterranean, part of the administrative region of Occitania. It is now roughly coextensive with Pyrénées-Orientales dept. Perpignan is the historical capital.
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. Its architecture shows much Spanish influence. Among its notable buildings are the Loge (14th cent.), built to house the merchants' exchange; the Gothic Cathedral of St. Jean (14th–15th cent.); and the castle of the kings of Majorca (13th–15th cent.), which forms part of the old citadel dominating the city.
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Perpignan

 

a city in southern France, 11 km from the Mediterranean. Capital of the department of Pyrénées-Orientales and center of the historic former province of Roussillon. Population, 107,000 (1968). A railroad junction, Perpignan has a major food-processing industry that includes wine-making. The manufacture of refrigerators is another local industry. Fruits and early vegetables are grown on a large scale in the city’s environs.

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Perpignan

a town in S France: historic capital of Roussillon. Pop.: 105 115 (1999)
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