La Croix-Valmer

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La Croix-Valmer
Commune
The town hall of La Croix-Valmer
The town hall of La Croix-Valmer
Coat of arms of La Croix-Valmer
Coat of arms
La Croix-Valmer is located in France
La Croix-Valmer
La Croix-Valmer
Coordinates: 43°12′31″N 6°34′08″E / 43.2086°N 6.5689°E / 43.2086; 6.5689Coordinates: 43°12′31″N 6°34′08″E / 43.2086°N 6.5689°E / 43.2086; 6.5689
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Var
Arrondissement Draguignan
Canton Sainte-Maxime
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Pierre Berenguier
Area1 22.28 km2 (8.60 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 3,303
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 83048 /83420
Elevation 0–369 m (0–1,211 ft)
(avg. 100 m or 330 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.

Geography[edit]

Bay near Gigaro.JPG

La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.

History[edit]

The Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. On April 16, 1893, a stone cross was erected on the site where tradition holds this vision occurred. La Croix-Valmer became a commune on 6 April 1934, separating from the commune of Gassin.

The area has been inhabited since ancient times, as demonstrated by the discovery of remains such as prehistoric tools, cists, and the Roman farm of Pardigon (dating from the third century BC).

During the Second World War, the beaches of La Croix-Valmer were part of the Allied invasion of Provence during Operation Dragoon. The name of one of the local beaches, Plage du Débarquement ("Landing Beach"), bears witness to this.

Abel Faivre, (1853-1945), a French painter used to leave in La Croix Valmer, near the Gigaro beach.

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