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This is one of the most beautiful cities in France. It was founded by the Phoenicians in the 5th century. The main occupation of first settlers was mining of precious purple paint. Because the deposits of this paint are extremely rare, the settlement has quickly become a famous center for commerce that has attracted a large number of people. However, it was Napoleon Bonaparte, not craftsmen, who made this city famous. Here started the career of the great emperor.
The proximity to such popular resort cities as Saint-Tropez and Marseille has made Toulon a popular tourist destination. During the past few decades here have been built several modern hotel complexes, and have been opened hundreds of restaurants and cafes. Walks through the picturesque port area and sightseeing remain the main entertainments of visitors.
Almost all sightseeing tours start with a visit to Royal Tower, the building of which was completed in the 17th century and lasted more than a hundred years. You will see really many squares in the city. Almost every square surrounds some historic monument. Louis Blanc Square attracts visitors by the largest fountain in the city, which is called Tambourine. Both local residents and tourists enjoy walking around it. Saint-François de Paul Church is located nearby. This is a beautiful Baroque building. Lovers of theatrical art should definitely go to Victor Hugo Square, where is located the most popular theater in Toulon. Its courtyard is decorated with beautiful flower beds and one more remarkable fountain named Three Dolphins. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The city has traditionally become the venue for many celebrations and festivals throughout the year. Here take place an exhibition of plants, a film festival and an international jazz festival, as well as numerous art exhibitions.
Toulon Murion is one of the city's most picturesque areas. This district once used to be a separate fishing village. It was attached to the common townsite after the harbor had been constructed. Nowadays, the area attracts travelers with wonderful beaches, an abundance of fish restaurants and a historic fish market. In a warm season, travelers are usually offered fascinating boat trips. While walking around, you can see plenty of beautiful old houses.
In the very center of the city, the historical garden of Alexander I is found. It got its name in honor of the King of Yugoslavia. You can go anywhere here among the branchy cypresses and sycamore trees. The old royal park is nearly 200 years old. The garden became accessible to the public in 1852. Today, one of the cypresses 33 meters high is considered to be its main attraction. There're an artificial fish pond, playgrounds for children, recreation areas, and an attractive cafe on the territory of the garden.
Anyone interested in history should visit the National Naval Museum. The palace that houses the museum has a great historical value. It was built in the 18th century and is one of the few buildings in the city that managed to survive during the Second World War. The museum was opened in the palace in 1814. Among its exhibits are old military maps and documents, artifacts related to important events in the history of the city. The museum has a great collection of models of old ships, some of them are of impressive size.
Faron Mountain will be a great place for hiking. The most popular viewing platform in the city is found on its top. One can easily get there by car, however, many tourists prefer cable railway. At the top of the mountain, fragments of old fortifications destroyed during the war years have been preserved. The thematic museum dedicated to the events of World War II tells about those times so difficult for the city. There is an excellent zoo at the top, as well, where you can see animals from all over the world.

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Toulon
♥   Castle 'Château de Ners' Bouches-du-Rhône, 43.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Pontevès' Var, 49.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de If' Bouches-du-Rhône, 52.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Lourmarin' Vaucluse, 85.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Vernègues' Bouches-du-Rhône, 86.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Toulon
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Verdon' , 70.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Luberon' , 86.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Préalpes d’Azur' , 98.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Alpilles' , 116.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Baronnies provençales' , 153.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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