Mende, Lozère

Mende [ mɑd ] is a French town with 12,163 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) in the region of Languedoc -Roussillon and seat of the prefecture of Lozère. The city is situated on the left bank of the River Lot. Its inhabitants are called les Mendois. Mende is the seat of a Catholic diocese.


Mende is located in south-central massif to the north of the Cevennes near the Mont Lozère at an altitude of about 700 m. The town in the valley of the Lot is overlooked by Mont Mimat.

Neighboring municipalities are in the north Chastel- Nouvel, in the east Badaroux, in the southeast Lanuéjols, in the south Brenoux and Saint- Bauzile, southwest Balsièges and in the west Barjac and Servières.


The region has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. Mende long served as an important trading center between the Languedoc and Auvergne.


The town has a medieval historic center. Places of interest include the Gothic cathedral of Notre -Dame- et- Saint-Privat (begun in 1368 ) and the medieval bridge Pont Notre -Dame from the 13th century. The town is the starting point for excursions to the gorges of the Tarn River.


Mende is site of wood and jewelery industry. The most important industry of the services (tourism, public administration ).

In Mende is also the seat of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lozère.


Mende is located on state roads Route Nationale 88 (Lyon - Toulouse) and Route Nationale 106 There is also a station of the French railway SNCF and an airfield.


Mende has a long history in the Enduro sport. In 1988, there the 63rd International Six Day Trial held as the most important motorsport event in the Enduro sport.

The annual, 3- day race Trèfle ( German: , trefoil ') is internationally known for its beauty.



Sons and daughters

  • Élisabeth Filhol (born 1965 ), French novelist
  • Christophe Laurent ( b. 1977 ), French cyclist

Relationship to Mende

  • Alfred Döblin had to escape through Spain and Portugal to the United States in the cathedral of Mende a conversion experience, which in the conversion led to the Catholic faith on June 25, 1940 1941.


Mende maintains partnerships with cities

  • Germany Wunsiedel ( Fichtelgebirge)
  • Italy Volterra ( Tuscany)
  • Portugal Vila Real ( Trás -os- Montes )