Before entering the village of Castelnou, make a small detour to the Eglise Sainte-Marie du Mercadal, located just outside the village fortifications.
This religious building owes its name to the market that once stood there. The construction of this church began at the beginning of the 13th century, but it underwent several renovations in the 18th century.
At that time, the small castle chapel could no longer accommodate the entire population, hence the decision to build this church.
Enjoy this visit during your camping holiday in Castelnou.
DISCOVER THE CHURCH OF SAINTE MARIE DU MERCADAL
This religious monument, listed as a historical monument in 1972, has not been altered by time and has kept its original state.
Although it only has a very classical layout, this monument offers an exceptional visit full of discoveries. The Church of Sainte Marie du Mercadal has a Romanesque structure and its interior furnishings date from the Baroque period.
You will discover sumptuous altarpieces of the Crucifixion and the Virgin Mary with the little Jesus. Passing through the large portal of this monument, you will notice that it is made of wood, with Romanesque scrolled hinges.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CHURCH OF SAINTE MARIE DU MERCADAL
The Church of Sainte Marie du Mercadal has a single nave with a pointed arch vault and dimensions of 17 by 7 metres. The nave has a rectangular shape with a semicircular apse at the end.
It has round-headed windows with double splayed windows. It also has a sacristy dating from 1721 and three interior chapels. To visit this historic monument, you are invited to make an appointment at the town hall.
Are you interested in visiting Castelnou? Discover also the Castle of Castelnou.