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Toulon Cathedral

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Toulon Cathedral , also known as Sainte-Marie-Majeure, is a Roman Catholic church located in Toulon, in the Var department of France. It is a national monument. Construction of the cathedral began in the 11th century and finished in the 18th century. From the 5th century onwards, it was the seat of the Bishops of Toulon, and since 1957 has been the seat of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon.
The first cathedral at Toulon existed in the 5th century, but no trace of it remains. The present building was begun in 1096 by Gilbert, Count of Provence, according to tradition in gratitude for his safe return from the Crusades. The first three travées, or bays of the nave, remain from the Romanesque 11th century church, and the present Chapel of Saint Joseph was originally the choir apse. The Chapel of Relics was constructed in the 15th century.

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