Top Historic Sights in Merville, France

Explore the historic highlights of Merville

Château de Merville

The Château de Merville was built in 1743 by Henri Auguste de Chalvet, the descendant of Mathieu de Chalvet who had bought in 1575 rights to the land of Merville. The large park of 40 hectares extends around the castle and is listed by Remarkable Gardens of France.  
Founded: 1743 | Location: Merville, 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.