Dating back to the 5th century when the baptistery was built makes it the oldest in the Provence region and one of the oldest in France. At this ancient, Merovingian style baptistery you can still see a 5th-century baptismal basin for full immersion, as well as Roman columns.
The first bishop of Fréjus was Saint Leontinus of Fréjus who started the church here for the first time, hence it is referred to as Cathedrale Saint Leonce.
The cloisters were built between the 11th and 14th centuries: a series of pointed arches resting on double Corinthian columns surround the small patio. The ceilings are painted with beautiful small medieval images made in the second half of the 14th century. They depict the Virgin Mary and the infant Christ, Saint Peter, canons, priests, demons, angels, animals and fantastic creatures like a mermaid, a dragon or a centaur. There are also very interesting depictions of normal people, such as a butcher, a juggler or a knight.
Entry into the cloister is permitted for a fee, and if you are there on a Saturday you be lucky enough to catch one of the many weddings that take place within the cathedral.
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- 48 rue du Cardinal Fleury
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