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Montpellier, in southern France, is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Located on the south coast of France, on the Mediterranean Sea, Montpellier is the eighth largest city in France and is the fastest growing over the past 25 years. It is one of the few large cities in France to not have any Roman heritage and one of the few in southern France not to be built on Greek foundations.
The city’s origins date to the Early Middle Ages, when two hamlets in the area were combined with a castle being constructed and walls built around the united settlement. Montpellier came to prominence in the 12th century as trading centre, with links across the Mediterranean. A rich Jewish culture flourished in the area in a city of secular tolerance. During the Reformation many Montpellier citizens became Protestants (or Huguenots as they were known in France).