Famous people

Saint-Raphaël’s ideal location and unique beauty have attracted people from all over the world. Prominent writers, artists, and leaders have been among them.

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Historic overview

“To know where we are going, we must know where we come from.” Following this adage, we recount the history of the city of Saint-Raphaël, starting from when humans first settled in the area.

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The Menhirs

This expression refers to stone buildings. Saint-Raphaël has several of those that can be spotted in different parts of town. Those structures are a reminder that the Estérel region was inhabited as soon as the third millennium before our era.”

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Known in France as "Tobie", Tobit appears on the coat of arms along with the Archangel Rafael. He was a young Israelite prisoner in Babylon who remained loyal to his god in defiance of the common practice of worshipping of what he regarded as idols.

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The Belle-Epoque villas

Until the 1880’s Saint-Raphaël had a traditional layout with two main quarters:

  • the Village consisted of a cluster of houses surrounding the parish church
  • the Marine was a fishing hub that centred around the port.

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