Panorama of Mazamet
|Canton||Mazamet-1 and Mazamet-2 Vallée du Thoré|
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Olivier Fabre|
|72.08 km2 (27.83 sq mi)|
|• Density||140/km2 (360/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||213–1,176 m (699–3,858 ft) |
(avg. 241 m or 791 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Mazamet The town made its wealth during the 18th & 19th century when it was the world centre of the wool industry. At its height, the town imported more than 100,000 tonnes of wool annual from the Southern Hemisphere. After processing, numerous establishments were involved in wool-spinning and in the manufacture of leather goods, gloves, blankets, hosiery and clothing for troops. While the vast majority of Mazamet's wool industry ended in the early 1990s, the town still has a residual high-end leather industry with leather being purchased by a number of Paris & London fashion houses.
Today, Mazamet is becoming known for tourism, thanks to its stunning natural setting at the foothills of the Montagne Noire mountain range and being just 45 mins from the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Albi, Carcassonne and the Canal du midi. A paradise for walking and cycling has made the town popular with outdoor enthusiasts thanks to the development of a 65 km cycle path and numerous cycling & walking routes produced by the regional tourism offices.
A further boost to tourism has been the development of the nearby Lac de Montagnes (just 10 mins from Mazamet) for outdoor leisure activities and the medieval village of Hautpoul's recent (2018) edition of the Passerelle (a Himalayan style suspension bridge) has been used by over 100,000 visitors in the first 12 months.
- Maurice Euzennat (1926–2004), historian and archaeologist, died in Mazamet
- Pierre Sancan, pianist and composer, was born in Mazamet in 1916.
- Pierre Capretz, developer of the French in Action series for teaching French, was born in Mazamet in 1925.
- Laurent Jalabert and his younger brother Nicolas Jalabert, both professionals in Road bicycle racing, were born here.
- Jean-Michel Vernhes, public servant, was born in Mazamet in 1950.
Tour de France
Mazamet was the start for Stage 14 in the 2007 Tour de France, finishing on the top of Plateau de Beille. The stage was won by Alberto Contador, who later went on to win the Tour. In 2018, Mazamet welcomed the race once again as it passed through on route to Carcassonne.
Mazamet is twinned with:
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Mazamet". Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 939.
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- Official website (in French)
- Espace Apollo website of Mazamet Cultural centre
- official website of the Greater Castres-Mazamet Council (in French)
- personal site (in English and French)
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