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“Cool Church!”

Cloitre de la Cathedrale de Frejus
Ranked #3 of 44 things to do in Frejus
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Owner description: The Episcopal buildings of Fréjus comprise the 5th century baptistery, the cathedral, the cloister and the former episcopal palace, which is surrounded by medieval premises. This complex looms at the place of the antique city once founded by Julius Ceasar in 49 BC in the heart of today’s pedestrian town centre. The cloister’s galleries on two levels are covered by a joisting which is decorated with paintings of a bestiary dating from mid-14th century. The richness and the diversity of these designs is unique in Provence. Open:> 1st June to 30th September: from 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.> 1st October to 31st May: from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed:> Mondays from October to May.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
Denver, Colorado
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“Cool Church!”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

I just love seeing medieval architecture and when it is this well-preserved it is definitely a bonus. The town of Frejus is warm and friendly as well, especially during the holiday season when we visited.

Visited December 2011
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Guisborough, UK
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“Nice church”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Lovely stain glass windows. Some interesting vaulted ceilings and paintings. Well worth a visit, certainly after the disappoitment in the state of the Roman Theatre!!

Visited September 2012
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Frejus is old town beautiful”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

Had to pay 5 euros each to get in cathedral, so we only looked outside. the old town is worth a visit it is beautiful shops, restaurants, full of character. Very expensive there though!

Visited July 2012
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful cloisters, but do get the tourist pass”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

Frejus is a magical city. By that I mean the old town, ten minutes bus ride from the seaside. It was a Roman city created in the time of Julius Caesar, and the city has preserved many of the Roman sites, including the aquaduct.

The cloisters is right beside the Cathedral in the old town, on the Market Square and the market is held twice a week there: a really lively place to visit.

What struck me is the great sense of peace in the cloisters. I could picture myself as a monk or nun there, looking onto the inner courtyard, the rose garden, and well and walking up and down the stairs to my room, before worship in the cathedral. The mythical symbols of dragons, reptiles and 'beasties' are painted on the ceilings in wonderful colours, most portraying scenes of hell. (Remember the days when RE teachers and priests told us we'd go to hell if we didn't behave?!)

Do take advantage of the Frejus tourism passport, which allows you to visit 5 sites for just 6,50 euros in a week. Well worth it, and it saved us 15 euros in entrance fees.

Visited June 2012
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Edinburgh, Scotland
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“A must-see if you are in Frejus”
Reviewed January 28, 2012

You have to take a guided tour to see the cloister but it is well worth it. There are leaflets available in several languages if you are not a French speaker. The carved wooden doors and the 5th century Baptistery are included in the tour and either of them would be worth a visit on their own, but the stars of the show are the painted panels in the cloister. Unusually, very few are on religious themes. Some are scenes from everyday medieval life, which gives an interesting insight into our ancestors' activities, but by far the largest number show fabulous hybridised monsters as a warning to the faithful what they would be meeting if they strayed from the virtuous life and were sent to Purgatory for their sins. At the end of the tour there is a captioned 10-minute film, which is informative and also shows how the original colours must have sung in their heyday.

Visited December 2011
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