The Gallo-Roman villa of Plassac is an archaeological site classified as an historic monument with three villas built in the 1st, 2nd and 5th century. Discovered at the end of the nineteenth century, he saw his excavations begin only in the early 1960s alone.
On site, it is possible to discover the ruins of the three successive villas, but also a museum explaining the details of the excavation campaign as well as the known history of the buildings.
Installed on the right bank of the Gironde estuary, the site of the Gallo-Roman villa of Plassac also allows to discover a 3D visit of the buildings as they were at the time of their construction, or the vestiges of mosaics covering more than 100 m² of floorings of reception rooms and dating from the late fourth century.
Affresco paintings are visible on the site and have been restored by the Soissons Center. The style is characteristic of the late third Pompeian style.References:
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.