History

History

Lorgues’ old quarter with its narrow streets, alleys and crooked houses with fine old doors is an attraction in itself. The town has a functioning tourist office with brochures and materials about the many historic buildings and other sights in and around Lorgues.

Lorques, founded in the 12th century by the Knights Templar, offers several historical buildings as well as several restaurants, cafés, bars, cinema and sports halls. Golf is just 30 mins. away. Lorgues is also one of the first 10 cities that characterise the original Provence.

Lorgues is the epitome of genuine medieval southern France atmosphere and relaxed lifestyle. The town has many attractions to offer the visitor. The La Collegiale Saint-Martin church, the local landmark, is visible from afar. It was built between 1704-1729 in the classical style and is renowned for its fine organ. Maison du Midi is located right by the church.

Lorgues was an important city in medieval times, popular with the monks from Thoronet Abbey and Hospitaliers Knights. Le Castrum de Lorgas was well fortified to withstand the barbarian invasions in the 5th and 6th centuries and Saracen raids in the 9th century. The population suffered the consequences of several of these conflicts, up to the arrival of Austrian troops in 1764. Around 1156, the famous Templiers Commanderie du Riou, built the town’s fortification walls. Many of the existing walls and doors are from this period.

The other prominent features of Lorgues are the 12th century clock and bell tower, topped with wrought iron from 1623. The campanile bell tower in the old village was once on the corner of the town walls.

Lorgues is in the heart of Provence. When you visit the town you discover quickly that within a very short radius there are many opportunities for adventure and activity. The beaches of Saint Tropez and Saint Maxime can be reached in approximately 35 minutes by car, while Cannes and Nice are reached in approximately one hour. Approximately 10 km from Lorgues is Draguignan, Var department’s old administration seat. Aix-en-Provence, an hour’s drive by car, is a charming old university town known for its student life with the café’s, restaurants and museums.

The TGV train stops in Les Arcs, 10 minutes from Lorgues, allowing for a day trip to Paris! Trains also go to Cannes, Antibes, Nice, Marseille, Toulon.

Whichever way you leave Lorgues, beautiful views in the lovely countryside, other hilltop villages, the famous vineyards and the Mediterranean sea are quickly reached.

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