Frejus Travel Guide
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- FrejusMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 2Jul 08, 2012
Fréjus is a large, sprawling town with some famous Roman ruins. It's also a very popular summertime tourist town, although the center of town is a couple of km from the beaches, which are 2 km long and 100 m wide of fine sand, between Fréjus and St. Raphaël.
First record, Cited by Cicero,Strabon, Pline and Tacite. 1st-c BC: Forum Julii; 2nd-c: Forum Julium; 1035: de Frejurio; 1416: Frejus.
Fréjus was founded in the first century BC. It was an important stop on the Aurelian way. Around 30 BC, at the beginning of the Early Empire, Forum Julii became a colony for veterans of the 8th Legion. About the same time, Octavian brought here the ships he captured from Sextus Pompey at Actium, and began constructing the port. Fréjus became the second largest Roman port after Ostie, and remained a significant naval base until after the fall of Nero, around 69 AD.
Fréjus declined gradually until the 10th century, when it came under control of Bishop Riculphe, who founded the beginning of the "modern" town. The town was victim of continuous barbarian raids. In 1536, Charles-Quint invaded. Later in the 16th century, under King Henri II, Fréjus became the seat of the admiralty. Prince Eugène invaded in 1707. The town declined when the port began silting up, with population dropping from 6000 in the 17th century to 2000 in 1800. Napoleon Bonaparte debarked here in 1799 on his return from Egypt. Fifteen years later, in 1814, he passed through again, on his way to exile at Elba.
In December 1959, the Barrage de Malpasset broke. The resulting flood waters ravaged the western quarters of Fréjus, and 500 people died.
- FrejusMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5First to ReviewJul 04, 2012
Visited Frejus a few times in the early 1990s - mainly as the starting point for the Corniche d'Or - a fabulous drive via coast to Cannes. There is also a small Zoo and a nice Naval troops museum here.
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