The castle is currently sheltering the Ariège Museum, which becomes the theater of a great historic and spectacular occasion of the medieval days every summer. The three towers of the proud castle are bigger then anything else in the town and adorn their heraldry. In the middle ages the city drew its resources from the wool and the mineral iron transformed into numerous Catalan type forges. Foix represents the prefecture of Ariège, and is now a center of tertiary and industrial activities like electronics and textiles.
Foix French and Catalan, Occitan Fois, is a town and French commune located in the department of Ariège in the Midi-Pyrenees region. Situated at the confluence of the Ariège Arget in Pays de Foix called, an area that roughly corresponds to the core of the old county of Foix. If you are hiking in Andorra, this is a very beautiful place to go for a stop. It is about 70 kilometers from the border, but watch the endless stoppages that you can find in the small towns to be crossed, can last forever. Its most outstanding monuments are the castle of the counts (XI century) with three towers of the XII, XIV and XV, and its Gothic cathedral dedicated to St. Volusiano, Archbishop of Tours in Century V, along with its colorful houses and striking medieval buildings. I recommend stopping at the tourist office.
The city grew around a chapel built by Charlemagne in the 10th century and became the Abbey of St. Volusiano. The church and the monastery were embellished in the 13th and 14th centuries. During the wars of religion the church was destroyed and was rebuilt in the XVII. century. The prefecture was located next to the abbey buildings, and was partially destroyed becuase of a fire in 1804. Coming out of the medieval period church prints remained in the building of the abbay as well as the crypt base on the south wall of the nave, and a beautiful gate dating from the XII. Inside, the magnificent statues were brought from the Abbey of sto. Sernin of Toulouse. I apologize that I can not offer some closer photos of the church.