Chapelle Sainte Philomène

Ville : Puget-Ville

Clinging to the Blaque hill, 300m high, the former church of Vieux Puget (known as Ville) watches over the remnants of medieval Puget.

It was built in the 11th century and, having been enlarged in the 14th century, it houses an unusual mix of Romanesque arches and Provençal Gothic rib vaults.
Its crenels and merlons indicate that it formed part of the defences of the 14th-century seignorial castle, of which a few sections of wall remain behind the chapel. The walls are in an attractive mix of limestone, and the entrance has a semi-circular arch topped by a square bell tower. The south-east facade is flanked by two small, slightly asymmetrical apses, each with an oculus. Inside, there are three naves with barrel-vault arches supported by two broad central pillars. The altar is cut from a single block of stone, as are the baptismal fonts and the stoup.
The original roof was replaced by a terrace, with views to the Maures range. The ruins of the medieval burg are visible beneath ancient oaks.

Access

Access is from the Rocbaron road, then the D40. Park by the cistern. To reach the chapel, instead of the concrete track, take the botanical nature trail.