Coat of arms of Carcès
Weapons of Carcès thus declined: "Argent, a blue-franc area, charged with a gold star."
Department of Var – Pop : 2.476 h - Area: 3 576 ha – Alt : 130 m
A 17 km northeast of Brignoles (on the N7) by the D554 and D562 via Le Val
The heritage of the city
Carcès is the third city in France to have been lit by electricity in 1889, thanks to a hydroelectric plant located at the confluence of the Argens and Carami. Lake of Carcès of 100 ha (lake fountain Gorse) supplies the city of Toulon in drinking water since the 30s Located at 130 m above sea level in the central Var, the village is built on a hill in a peaceful setting at the confluence of the Argens and Carami. Popular site for fishing in fresh water with the four rivers that cross the town (the Argens, the Carami, the Issole and Bresque).
A little history
The first lords of Carcès were the Châteaurenard who built around 1000 the first fort. In the charters of 1085 and 1099, the bishops of Frejus, Bertrand and Berenger, returned them to the abbey of Saint-Victor de Marseille, the church of Sainte-Marie-de-Barjols and all the churches in the valley Carcès (including Notre-Dame-de-Carami Carcès). In 1235 when Raymond Beranger to the census of rides due to him in the diocese of Fréjus, Castle Carcès was taxed at a knight. The Lordship of Carcès at that time belonged to William of Cotignac, and passed successively, such as Cotignac, in the family of Pontevès in 1240 who raised a castle which remains today significant ruins. Fulk of Pontevès (? -av.1337), Lieutenant Seneschal (1317), provost of Avignon (1333), Chevalier, counselor and chamberlain of King Robert, was Lord of Cotignac, of Carcès, and Bargème. He was the son of Foulquet II and Marguerite of Pontevès Porcellets and was the husband of Galburge Agoult Sault. He was the father of Jean Fouquet and V. The lordship then passed into the family of Simiane, de Rohan-Soubise and Conde.
From 1562, during the religious wars, the count of carcasses, Jean de Pontevès, High Steward and the King's lieutenant, was the head of the Catholic "Carcistes" which meant "cruel and savage". He fought the Razats of Retz Marshal allies lords of Oppède, of prayer and the Baron of Germany. Both camps devastated Provence, burning, raping and committed other monstrosities. Parliament initially condemned the conduct of Carcistes and allowed to "run over them and cut them to pieces." In this order, a part of Provence took up arms and, in a few days, sixty-six Carcistes were executed in Cuers, four hundred were executed by firing squad in Cabasse and as many were killed before Lorgues. The
whole garrison of Trans en Provence castle was put to the sword and Carces owed his salvation to the arrival in Provence of Catherine de Medicis.
The Feudal Castle Ste Suzanne (X and XI), The Clock Tower, The Fountain of the 4 seasons Former Fortified.
Bed and Breakfast, Vacation Rentals, camping along the river.
Tennis, Fishing, Horse riding, Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking,
Le Thoronet (13 km), Cotignac (7 km), Correns (11 km), Cabasse (9
Entrecasteaux (8 km) et Montfort sur Argens (8 km).