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The center of Uzès old town is full of Medieval streets for wandering and exploring.If you prefer to have an idea of where you are and what you're looking at, the Tourist Office has a printed Tour of the Historic Town with a good map and describing the key points (English, French, German).The shops are mainly along the circular streets around the west side of the old town, from Bvd Victor Hugo at the south to Bvd Gambetta and Place Albert 1er at the northwest.Many of the Uzès restaurants can also be found along these circular streets.The cathedral and tower were built from 1090 on the site of a Roman temple.Following partial destruction in the 12th century, the cathedral and tower were rebuilt in the 16th century.The castle was never attacked or damaged, and is in perfect condition.
In the 11th century there were two lords of Uzès and two castles: Bermond castle and Raynon castle.This is built in the style of the Medieval Italian Lombard towers, and is the unique example in France of a round clock tower. Borias Museum is located beside the Cathedral and Fenestrelle Tower.The the Bishop's and King's estates became state property during the French Revolution.The shorter, flat-topped King's tower was used as a royal residence, as well as for housing troups.
Louis XIII stayed here in July 1629, at the time of the "Peace of Alès" (Edict of Alès), which confirmed the Edict of Nantes but additionally disenfranchised the Huguenots.The cathedral was destroyed again in 1621 and rebuilt in 1642-1663.