Fréjus

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Fréjus, between sea and mountains

Between sea and mountain, Fréjus has preserved a heritage rich with a rare diversity of the Roman period to the middle ages. The military city of Frejus has two unusual monuments: a Buddhist pagoda and a Sudanese mosque. One will discover with pleasure the circuit of Artisans, a stroll on the beach or the ponds Villepey.

Brief summary of history

The town of Fréjus existed at least in 43 BC, its port was the only naval base of the Roman military fleet of Gaul, and the second after that of Ostia. Later during the reign of Tiberius were built all the major amenities exist today remains, the amphitheatre, the aqueduct, the lighthouse, thermal baths and theatre.

In 1482, while the city was threatened by the plague, François de Paule intervened and protected by a miracle city. It is from this date that the stranglehold of the King of France on the Provence and the Parliament in Aix installation caused to Fréjus lose much of its independence. At the beginning of the 16th century Fréjus was an important site of production and trade in wheat. At the beginning of the 20th century, British tourists had built villas and hotels in Valescure.

A former Roman colony

The Roman colony of 'Forum Julii' was an unavoidable shopping crossroad on track one, the main road between Rome and the Spain and a strategic site of the "Narbonnaise". The Roman period of Frejus is the richest concentration of Roman monuments in France after Arles.

The Fréjus arenas are a Roman Amphitheater built in the first century. Its dimensions were 113 metres in length and 85 metres in width. It could accommodate 10 '000 to 12' 000 spectators. They could be covered with a tarpaulin protective, usable in inclement weather or extreme heat.

The Roman aqueduct of Mons fed the town of Fréjus. There are also other ruins: theatre, remnants of walls and the gates of Rome, the Reyran and edge.

Religious monuments

The Cathedral of Saint-Léonce
The Saint-Léonce de Fréjus Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the historic centre of Fréjus. It is a building originally medieval but resulting from several eras. The ceilings of the galleries of the cloister are in joinery of the 14th century, with beautiful arcades falling on the double posts. They are painted and decorated with characters, animals, and a fantastic bestiary through over three hundred panels. It is a unique and little-known medieval painting example.
Cathedral Saint-Léonce - Place Formigé, 83600 Frejus - Tel. 33 (0) 4 94 51 83 83.
The chapel Notre-Dame-de-Jérusalem
The chapel was designed by Jean Cocteau in 1963 in collaboration with the Cannes architect Jean Triquenot. The internal space covered by a dome, it is surrounded by a gallery opening on each side. The flooring is a creation of Roger Pélissier, a ceramist from La Tour de Mare. The chapel has been awarded the "Heritage of the 20th century".
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Jérusalem - Route de Cannes, 83600 Frejus - Tel. + 33 (0) 4 94 53 27 06.

The artisans of the circuit des métiers d'art

The installation of craftsmen in the historic heart of Fréjus revives a tradition that died out in the 18th century. Member of the network "City and arts and crafts", Fréjus is dedicated to promoting the installation of workshops of artists throughout the year. We view workshops and galleries of artisans of the arts of fire, sculptors, home arts, and painters.

Natural spaces

The commune of Fréjus is located in the heart of large protected areas. Villepey ponds are one of the few coastal wetlands in the region. They are a particularly interesting site for its flora, fauna and landscapes.

The Park Olbius Riquier is the main public park of Hyères. It is labeled "Remarkable Garden", it has a collection of Palm trees

The Parc Zoologique de Fréjus welcomes over one hundred thirty wild species from five continents. It is a family getaway.
The Capitou, Biswas, 83600 Fréjus road - Tel. 33 (0) 4 98 11 37 37.

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Useful information :

Address :
83600 Fréjus

Good to know :
Office de Tourisme de Fréjus 249 Rue Jean Jaurès, 83600 Fréjus Tel. 33 (0) 4 94 51 83 83

Free of charge. Guided tour. Child-friendly.

Where to stay:

All accommodation

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