A listed village

 The Commune of Villecroze has been accorded the classification of a "Village de Caractère du Var", among 9 other villages. To be qualified, a village must have less than 3500 inhabitants and at least one registered or classified monument or tourist site + a building that form an interesting and harmonious whole. Having this listing, the commune agrees to ensure the upkeep and on-going improvment of its heritage guaranteed over several years by a programme of restoration and development the maintaining and encouraging of local traditions the expansion of its tourist services.

Formerly known as Villecrose, the village’s name comes from Catrum de Villacrosia;  the spelling Villecrosa is also found.

 

Its coat of arms is red, crossed with two silver depictions of the village.  The origin of this is unknown.

There is evidence of Roman agriculture activities here from the first to fifth centuries A.D. In the Middles Ages the Knights Templars established a Commander’s House and farm in the locality of Ruou.  This estate then passed to the Order of the Hospitaliers of Saint-Jean of Jerusalem.

 

The monks of St. Victoire de Marseille, present from the eleventh century founded a priory near to the village.

The Barons of Castellance ensured peace in the village and the surrounding countryside.  

In July & August, guided tour (in French)

each Wednesday at 11 am.

Departure in front of the Tourism Office. 

Tarif : Adults 3 € - From 7 till 17 years old : 1,50€ - under 7 : free


 

 

 

 

Walking following the fountains in the old village

 ici - also available in the Tourism Office.

 

Villecroze, a place of culture, gives you the opportunity to attend concerts, free-of charge, courtesy of the Music Academy.  These are held in a listed 12th Century Roman chapel.  Founded by Anne Gruner Schlumberger, the Academy runs a dozen master classes  each year reserved for musicians of international renown.

For the agenda of concerts click here :

 www.academie-villecroze.com