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Perpignan citadel is one of the largest surviving citadels in France. It contains in one of its "demi-lunes" built by Vauban the Palace of the Kings of Majorca who were the first to build a stronghold on this site.
The palace - a gothic style structure - was built in the last part of the 13th century by the king Jacques II of Majorca.
In 1349 the kingdom of Majorca becomes a part of the kingdom of Aragon under King Pedro IV of Aragon.
Between 1538 and 1587 Emperor Charles V and his son Philippe II surrounded Perpignan by strong red bricks walls.
After the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659 Vauban fortifies further the place by adding 6 "demi- lunes" (from which only two remain), a covered way and the interior barracks for the garrison.
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