Tourist site: Sanxay Gallo-Roman site

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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.

Gallo-Roman Site, Sanxay, Poitou. A Sanctuary, a Thermal Complex and an Amphitheater
On the banks of the Vonne river, near Sanxay, this site a place of worship and festivities, probably devoted to the two deities Apollo and Mercury
  • 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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Google map (There are pretty numerous sites and different periods in a certain radius around here)

Sources :

Tourisme-Vienne, here you will find more about this Gallo-Roman site in Sanxay, then the heritage sites located in the department
Pictones, this Gallic tribe is located south of the Loire river, in the modern départements of Vendée, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne. (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Greek cross is made with arms of equal length. One of the most common Christian forms, in common use by the 4th century. (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)