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Between the Mediterranean and the Verdon gorges

Place du Marché à DraguignanIt is the Roman era that has formed on behalf of Draguignan. All medieval texts (the earliest known date of the year 909) unanimously gave the form Latin Dragonianum or Draguinianum with minor variations. Or, place names ended in "anum" means a rural Gallo-Roman whose name is derived from the name of the owner of this monitoring termination. Dragonianum must derive the name of a certain Draconius.

Shortly after the year millet, a lordship is based in Draguignan, collectively governed by knights and nobles. A fortified position stood on the rock where today the Clock Tower. The city was part of the county of Provence, which was then independent. This is time that the legend of the dragon killed by St. Hermentaire, which attracted pilgrims to the church of the same name.

Draguignan is a city mainly tertiary, even though many Dracénois cultivate olive trees and vines. It is estimated that nearly a third of its population is more or less related to the activities of the army. As a result, the population is mostly made up of officials (army, education, hospital, prison ...) and the influence tourism remains modest compared to its neighbors on the coast and, despite a favourable position between the sea Mediterranean and the Gorges du Verdon.

Tour de l'HorlogeThe city is showing an undeniable dynamism on the demographic and real estate. Indeed, Draguignan attracts many by the presence of numerous equipment (near the highway, the railway station of Les Arcs ...) or a commercial fabric dynamic, but still more accessible than cities in the seaside handicapped by the lack of available land and soaring real estate.

Note also that the army is heavily based in Draguignan, which is indeed the "capital of artillery" and the second garrison town in France after Paris. Despite some rumours about the departure of the School of Artillery, near Canjuers, the largest training camp in Europe, should ensure the sustainability of the school.

When passing in Draguignan, visit the Clock Tower or the dolmen 'Pierre de la Fée" historic monument. It is a collective burial dating from the late Neolithic. By its dimensions (the stone weighs more than 20 tons), it is considered as one of the finest specimens known.

Also visit the Villa Saint Hermentaire. Discover the nineteenth century, it was taken initially to a school of gladiators, but it is not. It was founded in the first century BC. J.-C., but was expanded gradually. A church of Late Antiquity student there, kept in full. The baths were also part of the villa. We found pottery, coins, bones, statues (including a statuette of the god Mercury).

You can also visit the castle of the Dragon, 2.5 kilometres west of Draguignan, on a rocky promontory, above the vineyards of the same name. In the legend of Saint Hermentaire, it was instead of the current chapel Saint-Hermentaire that the saint who killed the dragon terrorizing the city ...

Pictures of Draguignan

Draguignan Vue sur la ville de Draguignan Le dolmen de Draguignan

Around Draguignan

Gorges du Verdon - Lac de Sainte Croix - Côte d'Azur - Saint Tropez - Cannes - Nice - Grasse - Le Lavandou- Saint Raphaël - Fréjus - Grimaud - Montagne Sainte Victoire - Bandol - Villecroze - Tourtour - Abbaye du Thoronet

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