In SAINT CEZAIRE (6km Domain)
Discovering the center of the most modern prehistoric world .
The Paléosite covers a 10-hectare park and 2000m ² of covered and conditioning center. Visit Paléosite is a unique experience . Fantastic machine back in time , the fact Paléosite truly live prehistoric visitors , between – 15 billion years – 35,000 years of traces of Neanderthal …
On the site you can find the archaeological site.
Hours: Open from April 1 to November 11 , daily except Mondays and outside school holiday periods Tuesdays all areas, from 10:30 to 19h. Average length of visit 2:30
Prices (2013) : Adults: 10 €
. Children ( 6-14 years) 6 €
. Children under 6 years free
. Annual membership card (s ): 30 €
. Family Pass : 2 adults and 2 children ( 6-14 years ): 26 € ( your second child is free)
Road uphill green
17770 – SAINT- Césaire
Tel. : 05 46 97 90 90
Fax: 05 46 97 90 99
In SAINTES (15km Domain)
CITE GALLO -ROMAN :
A Gallic times , Saintes was a territory in which lived a Gallic people called Santon and which grew Mediolanum . The city built on the banks of the Charente and the culmination of Agrippa linking Lyon to Aquitania became an important administrative center. The ancient Mediolanum was then with a monumental ensemble worthy of a great capital . It attests to the Roman will mark its grip on the city. The development of the city as a testament to the exchange of lifestyles between Gauls and Romans.
Some buildings still preserved as the Amphitheatre , the arch of Germanicus , especially among key witnesses from the Gallo -Roman antiquity in western France .
The amphitheater :
It is one of the largest and oldest amphitheatres hairy Gaul. One of the best preserved too! Here , gladiators led games at risk … to life and death.
Built around 40 AD in a small natural valley whose sides supported the stands, it could accommodate several thousand people . The arena is over 66 meters long and 39 meters wide. The two major eastern and western gates of the amphitheater allowed to communicate with the outside. By Sanavivaria door or door of the living, entered the pumped ( Grand Entry ) and emerged the victors gladiators. By Libitinensis door or door of the dead ( the name of the goddess of funerals) came the remains of gladiators and animals killed.
Today, if the superstructures have disappeared and the green replaced the stands, the current building can enjoy the beautiful master plan , the method of construction and the complexity of traffic systems . It is one of the great witnesses of romanization Country Santon.
Hours: 1/10 to 31/ 03: Monday to Saturday from 10h to 12h30 and 13h30 to 17h and Sundays from 14h to 17h30 .
from 1/04 to 31/ 05: Monday to Saturday from 10h to 18h and Sundays from 14h to 18h30 , from 01/ 06 to 30/ 09 : daily from 10am to 20pm .
Closed on 1 May, 1 November , 25 December and 1 January.
Guided tours in summer.
Prices :€ 3 / adult, free up to 18 years inclusive . Rental audio guide 2 €
combined ticket amphitheater / Abbey checkers for audio tour : 8 € / person . game booklet free for children 7 to 12 years . rental of audio -guides in French and English.
20 Lacurie street
05 46 97 73 85
The arc Germanicus :
Road arc , it commemorated the completion of the large cross road of Gaul ( the Agrippa ).
It also marked the main entrance to the Roman city and opened on a bridge. Built in 18-19 AD , it was donated to the city by a significant Romanized Santon ( Caius Julius Rufus ) . The inscriptions on the pediment indicate that it is dedicated to the Emperor Tiberius and Drusus and Germanicus his successors. During the Middle Ages, the widening of the river led to the extension of the bridge to the east. The arc ends up feet in the water.
In 1843 during the demolition of the Roman bridge which threatened ruin arc was laid stone by stone and reassembled a few meters from its original location. Prosper Merimee , then Inspector of Historic Monuments , was the initiator of this safeguard .
The arc Germanicus double arcade, votive and not triumphal arch is decorated in a simple with simple columns and fluted pilasters topped with Corinthian capitals . The bow is also epigraphic support. Caius Julius Rufus , the donor had engraved on the bow his titles and his genealogy of Gallic origin .
THE SPA OF SAINT Saloine :
Mediolanum features similar to those of modern Rome infrastructure.
The baths built in a second phase of expansion of the city ( the second half of the first century ) are an example . An aqueduct supplied the city and the spa drinking water . The excavated remains are identifying niches retaining and caldarium (hot bath).
See also: the sarcophagi of the early Christian necropolis established on the site in the fifth century , the beautiful view of the pink tile roofs of the city.
SPA DE SAINT- Saloine
Street Roman Baths ,
In FONTCOUVERTE THE DOUHET , VENERAND (16 Km Domain)
It supplied the city with water. Traces of the ancient Roman aqueduct discovered on surrounding municipalities Fontcouverte Le Douhet and Vénérand .
Of these towns also were the sources that fed . The source of the Font- Morillon Fontcouverte was the first power of the aqueduct. With the population growth of the city, the flow was not enough and a second aqueduct was connected to the first . This TV reception sources Vénérand and Douhet .
A Fontcouverte on the golf course, the remains of the arches of the aqueduct are visible.
In Douhet during a hike in the valley of the ton timber , you will see the branch ducts Vénérand and Douhet .
A Vénérand at Moulin du Chemin des Lavandières , you can see the start of the pipeline.
In SAINT- JEAN- D’ANGELY (25 km Domain)
MEDIEVAL CENTRE OF SAINT- JEAN- D’ANGELY :
In Saint Jean d’Angely , it is customary to visit the abbey normal , the city has grown around it. Built in the ninth Pepin of Aquitaine, it was built to house a prestigious relic skull of Saint John the Baptist. The relic will disappear but the city will grow and you can , looking at every street corner , identifying traces of medieval history . In addition to cutting the winding streets and many half-timbered houses of the fifteenth century , the clock tower is an unmistakable testimony.
In PAIZAI – NAUDOUIN – EMBOURIE (50 km Domain winch )
GALLO- ROMAN VILLA EMBOURIE :
At the time it had to be great, because your eyes only stone foundations perfectly straight testify to the existence of what was once a farm between the 1st century BC and the fifth century AD -C .
Hours: Free access all year. Guided tour by appointment
Prices : Guided tour per adult € 3.5 – free for children under 16 years.
Villa Gallo -Roman
16240 Paizay -Naudouin- Embourie
05 45 31 65 15
www.villa- Gallo-Roman – embourie.com