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The Church of Saint-Raphael

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 The Church of Saint-Raphael
The Notre Dame de la Victoire (Our Lady of Victory) church was built at the end of the 19th century, when Mayor Félix Martin undertook to “transform” Saint-Raphaël, not without success.

The growth of the city was such that the old church of San Rafeu could hardly accommodate the new citizens. Abbé Bernard, parish priest from 1882 to 1890, then entrusted the construction of a new place of worship to the architect Pierre Aublé, fellow student of Félix Martin. Of Lyonnaise origin, and a great lover of the Byzantine - Moorish style, Pierre Aublé imagined the basilica of Saint-Raphaël according to this inspiration. There is also a very characteristic dome of this type of building, largely inspired by that of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

We also discover on the facade a representation of the Archangel Raphael, symbol of the town (see “the legend of Tobias”). Built mostly with pink sandstone from Estérel, it occupies a total area of ​​850 m² for a height of 35m.

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