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La Tour de Sanary

Historic site and monument, Historic patrimony, Tower, 13th C in Sanary-sur-Mer
  • From its terrace, this building offers a breathtaking view of the town of Sanary, which has developed while preserving its authenticity and character to become one of the most beautiful fishing ports in France.

  • The fortified Tower of Sanary, which was at the origin of the development of the village of Saint-Nazaire, dependent on Ollioules, was built around 1300, and in 1436, King René, King of Provence, ordered the construction of a ditch and a boulevard for access and defence purposes. He armed there and maintained a small garrison. Soon the "gaste" (uncultivated) lands around the tower were built. In 1704, the ditch was filled in and sold in lots on which houses were built. Some, leaning on the...
    The fortified Tower of Sanary, which was at the origin of the development of the village of Saint-Nazaire, dependent on Ollioules, was built around 1300, and in 1436, King René, King of Provence, ordered the construction of a ditch and a boulevard for access and defence purposes. He armed there and maintained a small garrison. Soon the "gaste" (uncultivated) lands around the tower were built. In 1704, the ditch was filled in and sold in lots on which houses were built. Some, leaning on the walls of the tower, barely leave access to it.
    The tower is 21 metres high and 8 metres wide. The walls, with an average thickness of 2 metres, therefore leave a free space of approximately 16 m2 per level. Privilege seigneurial, the dovecote, is established within the walls of the vaulted room on the top floor.
    Long abandoned, the Tower, known as "Romanesque" or "Saracen" in the local tradition, was restored by the municipality and opened to the public in 1990. It is the setting for collections of underwater archaeology (DRASSM deposit), including a very rare skeleton from the 3rd century BC discovered in Les Embiez.
  • Environment
    • In centre of town
    • Town location
  • Spoken languages
    • French
Services
  • Equipment
    • Parking
  • Services
    • Tour free of charge
Openings
Openings
  • From January 1, 2023 until March 31, 2023
    Closed On Monday , On Tuesday
    * Annual closure: from 18 to 31 January 2023
  • From April 1, 2023 until September 30, 2023
    Opened Everyday
  • From October 1, 2023 until March 31, 2024
    Closed On Monday , On Tuesday
    * Annual closure: from 18 to 31 January 2023
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