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The history of Toulon is about three thousand years old. The Ligures settled here because of exceptional conditions:
 
The history of Toulon is about three thousand years old. The Ligures settled here because of exceptional conditions:
 
* a hill protects the center of the town from the Mistral, a strong wind which blows in the southeast of France (you will experience wind almost everyday).
 
* a hill protects the center of the town from the Mistral, a strong wind which blows in the southeast of France (you will experience wind almost everyday).
* on the south face of the hill, several sources gush out, which is exceptional in the so dry [[Provence]]. The name Toulon is linked to Telona, an ancient Ligurian goddess of sources.
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* on the south face of the hill, several sources gush out, which is exceptional in the so dry [[Provence]]. The name Toulon is linked to Telona, and ancient Ligurian goddess of sources.
* the hill (named Faron, about 500 m high) enables one  to view boats arriving from very far away, specially enemy boats. The name Faron cames from the Greek pharos (English: ''lighthouse'') for this reason. At the top of Faron, there still is a military camp dedicated to communications with submarines.
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* the hill (named Faron, about 500 m high) allows to see boats arriving from very far away, specially enemy boats. The name Faron cames from the Greek pharos (English: ''lighthouse'') for this reason. At the top of Faron, there is still a military camp dedicated to communications with submarines.
 
* the water of the port is very calm, because it is protected by a peninsula ([[Saint-Mandrier]]) that nearly closes the port as a lagoon. It was possible to watch boats entering the port from there.
 
* the water of the port is very calm, because it is protected by a peninsula ([[Saint-Mandrier]]) that nearly closes the port as a lagoon. It was possible to watch boats entering the port from there.
  

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