Built in the 13th century, the cloisters of Fréjus Cathedral originally featured a single level on the ground floor. The upper gallery was added in the 14th century, resulting in the construction of a frame on the ground floor. This frame, the only one of its type in France, is decorated with scenes of daily life, religious elements, and most notably a stunning mediaeval bestiary.
Uniquely, this masterpiece of decorative art was open to the public. The cloisters of Fréjus Cathedral was a public space, and parishioners could use the galleries to gain access to the cathedral to attend services. It was therefore a busy, living space – a far cry from the traditional image of monastery or abbey cloisters.
Visitors can now relive this surprising, unique atmosphere and experience it for themselves.