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The treasures of Saint-Léonce cathedral in Fréjus

The interior | François de Dijon / CC-BY-SA
Cathedral Saint-Léonce cathedral in Fréjus

The cathedral

The cathedral dates back to the Middle Ages, when Fréjus was re-raised by bishop Riculfe, after the Saracen’s destructions.

Above the apse, there's a crenelate tower who was here to defend the neighbouring episcopate palace!

The current church dates back to the 13th century.

The visit of the cathedral

First, the portal: gorgeous doors made of oak, nicely sculpted with scenes of the Virgin’s life (16th c.)!

The retable: made by Jacques Durandi, it represents sainte Marguerite in the middle, coming out from the dragon’s body. Around her, saints. A little masterpiece!

The cloister: raised in the 13th century, we find in its galleries an archaeological museum.

But, there’s an amazing thing, in this cloister. Look! On the painted ceiling (15th century), we can see strange creatures, half human, half animal…

The baptistery

Probably the oldest one in France! It dates back to the 5th century: only the dome was re-raised in the 19th century.

The baptistery has 8 black columns with marble capitals (Roman remains?). The white marble soil and the mosaic on the wall are genuine!

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