Return of blog posts about the tourist sites I want to visit, tourist site: Sanxay Gallo-Roman
This one, not far from the Puits d’Enfer, is located in Sanxay, in the Vienne department, 1.5 km from the departmental border with the Deux-Sèvres department.
This tourist site: Sanxay Gallo-Roman, located halfway between Poitiers (around thirty km away) and Niort (around fifty km away) on the Seuil du Poitou.
[To get there from the A10 motorway, take exit 31, St Maixent toll]
On the banks of the Vonne river, this site a place of worship and festivities, probably devoted to the two deities Apollo and Mercury, gods of healing and deities of water, combining an amphitheater, thermal baths and a sanctuary out of twenty of hectares.
This agglomeration was built on the territory of the Celtic Gauls Picton between the 1st and the 4th century AD.
- The sanctuary, built from the 2nd century, has the shape of a Greek cross, characteristic of this period. It was built on the ruins of an ancient celtic temple, abandoned during the 4th century BC.
- The amphitheater could accommodate 6,500 people, and leans against a natural hill.
- The thermal baths, built from the 2nd century on, measure 360 feet x 196 feet.
A remarkable site from 1900 years ago, dating from Antiquity.
Google map (There are pretty numerous sites and different periods in a certain radius around here)
– Tourisme-Vienne Gallo-Roman site in Sanxay (heritage sites located in the department)
– Pictones, Gallic tribe located south of the Loire river, in the modern départements of Vendée, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne. (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
– Greek cross With arms of equal length. One of the most common Christian forms, in common use by the 4th century. (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)