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Mirepoix is a little village in the Languedoc region in the south of France, located about 50km from Carcassonne. The town square is reported to be one of the loveliest in southern France. However, I found it to be a bit run down compared to other villages in Languedoc. Mirepoix, France is a relatively popular tourist location, most famous for the Maison des Consuls, a building dating back to the 14th century. Now a hotel, the building looks out over the lovely Place des Couverts, otherwise known as the Place Marechal-Leclerc. The very notable feature of the Maison des Consuls is a collection of 150-or-so carved faces and figures in the enormous wooden beams used in its construction nearly 600 years ago. The carved faces include people of different ethnic backgrounds - Greeks, African, Romans, etc., as well as animals. Many are quite irreverent and comical. I hope you enjoy these photos of Mirepoix and the interesting faces carved into the beams of the Maison des Consuls.


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