Notre-Dame de l'Ormeau chapel near Seillans

Historical and cultural site

duration of the visit
10 min
chapel
park

Description

The chapel is hidden in a park with high hedges and cypresses. It is located two kilometers south-east of the village of Seillans, among fields of olive trees. It was built in the 12th century. A wooden church from the 8th century that burned down in 1156 previously stood here. The hall in front of it is probably much younger. The building has been thoroughly renovated and the surrounding park is well maintained.

Inside there are many sights, but these can only be seen on guided tours. There isn't even a small hole to look inside. The inventory includes, for example, a Roman base, remains of a pre-Christian chancel, choir stalls from the 17th century, votive tablets and a baroque altar from the 16th century. This shows a biblical story but also political scenes. Frescoes by Emmanuel Bellini date from 1956.

Ormaux means elm. Apparently, climate change no longer allows this tree species to survive in this plain.

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Great hall in front of the Notre-Dame de l'Ormeau chapel

Guided and commented visits are offered all year round, every Thursday at 16h30 and by reservation at the Tourist Office in Seillans on Place du Thouron (tel. +33 494760102) the day before at the latest. The appointment is guaranteed for four participants. Price EUR5,- per person. You meet in front of the church.

Photo all rights reserved © by André M. Winter. Photo taken 2016 during our field research for Provence-Guide.Net.
No reproduction is permitted without the written consent of the author. (id5386)
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Tower and apse of the Chapelle Notre-Dame de l'Ormeau

Access by public transport

You can reach Seillans from several directions, buses that run on the route between Seillans and Fayence or Cannes or Saint-Raphaël also stop at the station called Notre-Dame de l'Ormeau, not far from the chapel. Lines 832 and 836 are particularly interesting, information under Zou! (only french).

Access by car

We are north of Saint-Raphaël and northwest of Cannes. Seillans can be reached via several roads. The chapel is in the fields on the road between Fayence and Tourrettes, right next to the town sign of Seillans. The D19 road runs around the chapel, which is quite well hidden behind high hedges.

Parking site

There are no designated parking spaces. The entrance to the forecourt is quite narrow and forbidden. There are only a few spots along the Chemin de la Gare (opposite) for parking.

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Photo all rights reserved © by André M. Winter. Photo taken 2016 during our field research for Provence-Guide.Net.
No reproduction is permitted without the written consent of the author. (id5388)
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Tower with passage of the Notre-Dame de l'Ormeau chapel

Photo all rights reserved © by André M. Winter. Photo taken 2016 during our field research for Provence-Guide.Net.
No reproduction is permitted without the written consent of the author. (id5387)
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Apse of N.-D. de l'Ormeau chapel

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