Top Historic Sights in Brinay, France

Explore the historic highlights of Brinay

St. Aignan's Church

St. Aignan"s Church is one of the most important sites of Romanesque art in France. Discover fully restored 12th century frescos depicting the life of Christ, and the only painted calendar representing the work of peasants in the Middle Ages.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Brinay, France

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Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.