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Friday, June 1, 2012

Gallo-Roman ruins

The area near Saint Rémy de Provence is rich in vestiges from the past. The archeological site Glanum was first inhabited in the 6th and 7th centuries BC by the Gauls. It was a fortified city protecting a sacred spring at the entrance to the Alpilles. The site was later occupied by the Greeks and then the Romans before being overrun and destroyed by the Alamanni in 260 AD. The remains of the settlement were later flooded and buried under mud and sediment. The site was completely unknown during the time when Van Gogh was hospitalized just a few hundred meters away. It wasn't until 1921 when the first systematic excavations began.

The site now represents an interesting voyage through several historic periods as archeologists have revealed stone structures of the three major eras of occupation.

My personal favorite of the ruins we visited is the Pont du Gard - an aqueduct built by the Romans in the 1st century AD. It carried an estimated 200 million liters (44 million gallons) of water a day to the fountains, baths and homes of the citizens of Nîmes.

1 comment:

  1. Hello, I live two hours drive from Nimes, beautiful district full of Roman remains. I like your photos and such a wonderful camera.