Vandalism of the Roman Amphitheater in Frejus : The Results


1. Roman Amphitheater in Frejus,
View of the exterior
State on may 2012
Photo : B. Bois

11/5/12 - Heritage - Fréjus, Arènes - Although the subject theoretically falls outside the chronological range for The Art Tribune, we had expressed our indignation here concerning the treatment of the Roman amphitheater in Fréjus.
Strangely enough, the matter did not raise much of a reaction. And yet we are probably facing one of the most serious cases of vandalism of the last few years. The guilty parties are the city of Fréjus, of course, but above all the French Ministry of Culture, which is supposed to guarantee the protection of national heritage. These archeological ruins were among the first listed as historical monuments in 1840.

The photographs published here need no other commentary. The "reversible" concrete structure, as described to us by the architect himself, has now completely covered the Roman vestiges.


2. Roman Amphitheater in Frejus,
View of the interior
State on may 2012
Photo : La Tribune de l’Art

3. Roman Amphitheater in Frejus,
View of the interior
State on may 2012
Photo : La Tribune de l’Art


This will now enable, it is true, Culture (spelled with a capital C) to take over the lovely city of Fréjus : in July, this new stadium (how else might one call it ?) will welcome Yannick Noah Acoustique [sic], and in August the tour "Best of de RFM Party 80" [sic] with such considerable artists as Emile et Images, Lio, Jean Luc Lahaye, Samantha Fox and Jean-Pierre Mader... Prosper Mérimée would turn over in his grave if he were to know...

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Didier Rykner, lundi 14 mai 2012



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