Images en cours de chargement
The roadstead of Toulon|Photo Pierre SénardToulon and the cable car of Faron|Photo Laurent Perrier Cronstadt Quay|Photo CDT VarThe Royal Tower|Photo CDT VarFort St. Louis in le Mourillon|The Toulon Naval Museum|

One of the most beautiful roads of Europe

Toulon has a beautiful harbour, this is one of the most beautiful in Europe. The old town is picturesque. The famous three-dolphin fountain located in the middle of the place Puget. One of the few cable cars on the seafront in the world to reach the Summit of mont Faron.

Brief summary of history

After the recovery of the France Provence, Toulon becomes a place of shipbuilding under Charles VIII and its harbour is used to House military fleets. Vauban fortified the city which receives the Mediterranean squadron of King Louis XIV. Toulon is with Brest, the only port capable of accommodating large warships in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Toulon was the point of departure and arrival of most of the great expeditions military and colonial French to Africa during the Ancien Régime and the 19th century. For example, the expedition of Egypt led by Napoleon Bonaparte sailed from Toulon on 19 may 1798.

In Toulon

  • Toulon heritage reflects the architectural evolution of the city and the artistic trends through the centuries. The place Puget is the ancient main square of Toulon, it must Provençal charm to the 'fountain of the three dolphins".
  • The door of Italy is part of the last vestiges of Toulon, is a fine example of strong city gate. It is this path that borrowed Bonaparte for the campaign of Italy.
  • Inside the naval base, the clock tower was built on stilts from 1772 to 1775, it served as a lookout.
  • The Cathedral Sainte-Marie-de-la-Seds has more than 900 years. It is characterized by a curious mixture of style, due to the expansion in the 17th century from the Romanesque church of the 11th century.
  • Vauban designed the 400 metre-long the corderie building, it served originally in the manufacture of the ropes of sailing Navy. It has also built fort St. Louis in 1696 who was responsible, by its strategic position at the entrance to the Harbour to prevent any enemy presence.

The main museums of Toulon

The National Museum of the Navy
The national Museum of the Navy at Toulon is a major maritime cultural site. It brings together a unique collection of models of ships and galleys. Also from many models, prows, paintings, cards, and prints that illustrate the glorious maritime history of Toulon.
National Museum of the Marine - Place Monsenergue - Tel. + 33 (0) 4 22 42 02 01.

The Museum of Art
The Museum of Art of Toulon brings together collections of ancient, modern and contemporary art. The ancient and modern heritage relates to painting in Provence, the 17th at the beginning of the 20th century. The contemporary background of the 1960s to nowadays occupies an important place.
Museum of Art - 113, av. Maréchal Leclerc - Tel. 33 (0) 4 94 36 81 00.

The Museum of old Toulon
The Museum aims to collect, preserve and exhibit works of art, objects and various souvenirs related to social, economic, military, religious or artistic Toulon history and its region.
Museum of old Toulon - 69, cours Lafayette - Tel. 33 (0) 4 94 92 29 23.

The Museum of Asian Arts
The Chinese dynasties are represented Shang to the Qing. Art objects illustrate different periods of Chinese civilization. The Japanese collections are also representative of the Empire of the rising sun. The second floor includes the collections of Southeast Asia, the influence of Buddhism on the culture of civilizations is the main theme of the visit.
Asian Art Museum - 169, littoral Frédéric Mistral - Tel. 33 (0) 4 94 36 83 13.

Useful information :

Address :
83000 Toulon

Good to know :
Office de Tourisme de Toulon 12 Place Louis Blanc, 83000 Toulon Tel. 33 (0) 4 94 18 53 00

Free of charge.

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