Return of blog posts about the 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, at 1.5 km from the departmental border with the Deux-Sèvres department.
Then this tourist site: Sanxay Gallo-Roman is 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, then, devoted to the two deities Apollo and Mercury, known gods of healing and deities of water.
It combines an amphitheater, also 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 by the Romans.
- At first sight 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.
- Then the amphitheater could accommodate 6,500 people, and leans against a natural hill.
- The thermal baths, are them also built from the 2nd century on, measure 360 feet x 196 feet.
A remarkable site from 1 900 years ago, dating from Antiquity.
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