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“Roman history in the middle of French wine country”

Montcaret Archaeological Site
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Montcaret
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Owner description: The vestiges of 1st, 4th and 5th century, altered in the Middle Ages, are part of this Gallo-Roman villa with peristyle (interior court). This site presents a splendid polylobée room of 60 m2 and private baths. The particularity of this site derives from the quality and width of the mosaic pavements and its uninterrupted and attested occupation from Antiquity to modern age. Open:> 28th May to 30th September: from 9.45 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.> 1st October to 27th May: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Closed:> Saturdays from 1st October to 27th May.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 3 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 2,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Roman history in the middle of French wine country”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

A most unusual place, with layered history (not a uphemism). The place has 3 parts. First comes a museum with artefacts from the neolithic period and through ensuing centuries. Second is what remains of a Roman-era villa--an aristocratic Roman family was sent there to settle the area. The place lies in ruins, but what ruins! There are beautiful mosaics (too bad the outsdie mosaic is covered in such a manner that it is quite hard to photograph). The mosaic inside the museum is very large too, and gorgeous. Another nice thing about the inside mosaic is that it is really the floor of the villa's largest room. A glass wall opens from the inside floor mosaic to the outside ruins. The perspective is thus complete, with one room inside and all the adjacent rooms outside.Third comes the old church built in the roman style. The builders used stones from the villa to build the church, and the monks burried their deads digging holes around the church, some of which ended in the middle of the nice inside mosaic floor and other in the middle of the ruins outside the covered room/museum.

The place is not huge, but it is a very nice place to stop on the way to somewhere else in the region, a superb driving break.

Visited May 2012
Thank Chris-From-MD
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Harwell, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great place and info”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

A fabulous new modern museum and helpful guides / information. Great mosaics. Small shop for the kids.

Visited August 2012
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“impressive mosaics”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

This site only needs half an hour and is worth visiting if you're in the area. Not a site for wheelchair users but otherwise a fascinating glimpse of Roman luxury. Note there is an extended closing time at lunchtime.

Visited August 2012
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Bordeaux, France
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Gallo-Roman Mosaics”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Wonderful example of a Roman Villa discovered in the grounds of the churchyard in Montcaret. There is a museum there with the history of the dig and remnants found. Outside there are the mosaic floors of the Roman Villa.

Visited July 2012
2 Thank SueBordeaux
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Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Worth a stopover”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

Remains of a Roman villa. While the outside remains don't look spectacular, the mosaic floor preserved in the modern visitor centre was fantastic. And the skeletons from later burials gave quite a strange feel to the whole place. We were the only visitors there, and were given a short talk in English before we started to look around. A number of mosaics were covered to protect them from the elements, it would be even better if some way could be found to display these. It was worthwhile looking inside the church too.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank MiMi&Sue
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