Roman Crypt

Dax, France

The foundations of an ancient Roman crypt dating from the first centuries of our era was uncovered in 1978 in the central area of ​​the  Dax. After the archaeological excavations, an archaeological crypt was built under the building to keep the testimonies of the ancient city. Long considered the foundation of a temple, the remains are now interpreted by archaeologists as belonging to a civil basilica, public meeting place where many activities took place in civic life; made there including justice. Few basilicas are known in the Roman world to this day. The most important archaeological museum in the crypt are presented.



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Rue Cazade 26, Dax, France
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Founded: 2nd century AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in France
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)

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Jean Bond (3 years ago)
The surface of the remains is small enough but sufficient to go back in time, to reconstruct a story, like an enigma of the past. All this thanks to our guide Célia who makes us participate, live, feel this in an educational and fun way. It is no longer just pebbles that we see but parts of the history of the city with the impression of carrying out an investigation, of feeling the work of archaeologists, their reflection, deduction, observations, reasoning ... not to take the guided tour! And again a big thank you to our charming guide ...
VENANCIO maud (3 years ago)
We had a great archaeological morning! And a fun activity that allowed us to discover this profession and learn about found objects. Thank you to our super pleasant and patient hostess!
Enola Holmes (3 years ago)
Very beautiful remains, but you have to take the guided tour. There are explanatory panels, but very little information about the places and dates of the discovery of the many exhibits. In addition, there is the possibility inside the crypt to carry out an archaeological excavation activity: ideal for children! (Tickets are to be taken at the Borda museum)
André Patin (3 years ago)
Nice guided tour
Yannick Foucaut (3 years ago)
Visit made by a passionate ?
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