Toulon is a City in The United States

By: Douglas Scott

Toulon is a city in Stark County, Illinois, United States. Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Located in the Province Alps Cote d Azur region, it is the capital of the Var department, in the former province of Province. The population was 1,400 at the 2000 census.

Cathedral St Marie was built in a Romanesque style in the 11th and 12th centuries and was expanded in the 17th century. Its gothic and the belfry and facade are from the 18th century. This is a sight well worth checking out.

Musee de Toulon is a museum houses works from the 16th century to the present. Theres an excellent collection of Provencal and Italian paintings, as well as religious works.

Musee du Vieux Toulon is a museum which exhibits housed here deal with the role of commerce, shipbuilding and the French military during the development of Toulon.

Its old picturesque city of ancient fountains and a colourful daily market with the smells and sounds typical of Province.

Home to the French Navy and has quite an impressive maritime history. Captured by the English and Spanish troops in 1793 it was Napoleon Bonaparte who first made a name for himself here by recapturing the town and restoring French rule. Toulon was also a target for Nazi troops in 1942 that surrounded the harbour forcing the French to sink their own ships rather than see them captured by the enemy. As a result of wartime bombing Toulon is not the most picturesque of ports. However, it does have a lively, gritty feel to it and is much loved by Provencal locals.

There is also an interesting cultural scene in Toulon, useful museums and a popular opera house. It is home to the largest High School of France and one of the largest opera houses after Paris.

The region is famous for being the host of the finals of the annual Toulon Tournament a football tournament of under 20 national players from around the whole world. The citys top football club is Sporting Toulon Var, currently playing in the third level of French Football. Famous players such as David Ginola, Delio Onis, Jean Tigana, Christian Dalger or more recently Sebastien Squillacci formerly played for Sporting.

Come and enjoy the place for yourself and always remember to have fun and stay same in this marvellous place.

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