Histories and legends
Megalithic remains and Iron Age oppidas have been found on the sides of the rock. The Notre Dame de La Roquette chapel is located on the northern flank and dates from the Middle Ages. Now abandoned, part of it has collapsed. The buildings discovered on the rock highlight past human activity.
According to legend, when Christ died on the cross, the rock broke into three large faults, symbolizing the three crosses on Calvary. Later, crosses were erected at the top in memory, and pilgrimages have since been made there. Originally, the rock was called the "Rocher des Trois Croix". The crosses currently at the top were erected in 1991, the old ones having disappeared over time. This last realization is the work of the sculptor Bernard Venet. They pay tribute to three painters of the "Crucifixion": Giotto, Grunewald and Le Greco.
Another legend is that a young woman who had made vows of prayer and abstinence was being pursued by a nobleman she did not want. She begged the Holy Virgin to help her. Thus the rock broke into a rift, now called the "Saint Trou", through which the young woman could escape. Legend has it that only virtuous souls can cross it.
The colour of the rock, made of reddish sandstone, contrasts with the green of the surrounding scrubland. The relief is composed of jagged ridges and steep cliffs. Erosion has carved and dug caves, enlarged the faults and shaped mushroom-shaped columns, like "Les deux Frères".
One of the caves was inhabited by an ermine named Frère Antoine for more than 50 years!
HikingsSeveral hikes, accompanied or not, are available from the village of Roquebrune-sur-Argens. The GR51 passes near the rock, follow the red and white markings. Make sure you contribute to the protection of the massif and respect for private property by staying on the marked trails.
Leisure activitiesAt the foot of the rock, Lac de l'Arena offers a large expanse of water to relax with the family or enjoy water activities such as water skiing, windsurfing or pedal-boating
The tourist Office advice
|À faire absolument !
|Seeing the Rock at sunrise
|The 3 crosses for the 360° view!
|Doing the (difficult) trekking of the Three Crosses
|Eating at the Restaurant du Lac with a view of the Rock
|Going along the Rock by Kayak or Canoe on the Argens
|Sleeping in a bubble in Roquebrune-sur-Argens
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