Emile Chenon Museum describes the findings from the excavations of the “oppidum” Gallo of 18 ha. extension under a dam called Mediolanum Chateaumeillant predecessor. In addition, the museum works in a building from the XIV to XVI.
The museum was created in 1961 by archaeologist Jacques Gourvest and explains much about the gala and civilization Gallo-Roman period in central France. The excavations have allowed to collect a large amount of pottery of exceptional quality, a total of more than 350 amphorae italics, ceramics Nimes and Samos; Prehistoric flint tools, grinders, urns, statues, sarcophagi and more.
There are also displays of old crafts, and a huge press with a huge beam that reminds us that we are in a wine-growing region. On the second floor is a sample of fossils and minerals. The hall remains intact medieval building elements such as mullioned windows and stone benches. The mansion belonged to the family of royal notaries and was known as “Le Petit Chateau”.References:
Soave castle was built in 934 to protect the area against the Hungarian invasions. It was remodelled by Cansignorio of the Scaliger family in the mid-1300s. in 1365 Cansignorio had the town walls erected and the Town hall was built in the same year.
The castle underwent various vicissitudes until, having lost its strategic importance, it was sold on the private market in 1596. In 1830 it was inherited by Giulio Camuzzoni who restored the manor and in particular the surroundings walls (with is twenty-four towers), the battlements and living-quarters.
Soave castle is a typical medieval military edifice, commanding the neighbourhood of the city from the Tenda Hill. It comprises a mastio (donjon) and three lines of walls forming three courts of different size. The outer line, with a gate and a draw bridge, is the most recent, built by the Venetians in the 15th century. It houses the remains of a small church from the 10th century.
The second and larger court, the first of the original castle, is called della Madonna for a fresco portraying St. Mary (1321). Another fresco is visible after the door leading to the inner court, and portrays a Scaliger soldier. The mastio is the most impressive feature of the castle. Bones found within showed it was used also as prison and place of torture.
The House called del Capitano (the Scaliger commander) houses Roman coins, weapons parts, medals and other ancient remains found during the most recent restoration. Adjacent is a bedroom with a 13th-century fresco with St. Mary and Madeleine and a dining room with medieval kitchenware. Another room houses the portraits of the most famous Scaliger figures: Mastino I, Cangrande, Cansignorio and Taddea da Carrara, wife of Mastino II; the portrait of Dante Alighieri testify an alleged sojourn of the poet in the castle.