Vieux-la-Romaine

Vieux, France

During the 1st century AD, Aregenua (Vieux) became the capital of the Viducasse tribe. Situated at the crossroads of two Roman roads it became an important commercial staging town. Aregenua and Lillebonne are the only two capital towns in Gallo-Roman Normandy that did not become Medieval towns. A number of buildings have been excavated, and some have been partially reconstructed.

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Le Moulin Neuf, Vieux, France
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Founded: 0 - 200 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in France
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)

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4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Eve S. (15 months ago)
I didn’t get the chance to visit this place because i struggled so much to find it. And then it was too late and it was closed. I followed both Google maps and Apple Maps and I wasn’t able to get to the parking lot. I even got stuck in a tiny street and spent 20 minutes trying to get out. I would double check how to get there and take your time trying to reach it.
Maxence Levaillant (2 years ago)
Lovely presentation of historical sights and the museum. With a great guided tour.
Lawry Stevenson (3 years ago)
My wife and I have had a home in Normandy for almost twenty years. We thought we'd been everywhere work visiting within easy reach from our place until we discovered Vieux-la-Romaine in a book we unearthed one day recently. We took a run up there and were pleasantly surprised by what we encountered. We were welcomed into the museum just in time to see a very realistic display of gladiatorial combat carried out by two young men who were really going for it. The museum, we discovered next, gave a good insight into life in Roman times, including artefacts and we'll presented displays. Afterwards we walked out from the museum and across a lane onto the site of the Roman villa which was very impressive. There were no barriers to the villa, so therefore it can be visited at any time, no need to visit the museum should it be closed, no tickets or fees payable, and plenty of parking space.
Clemens Radl (3 years ago)
Great little museum, very modern with lots of interesting information about the excavations. The place is now a lonely country town, but in Roman time it was an important regional center. Plenty of insight into the history of the excavations and into daily life in a late antique Roman province. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The museum has a lot to offer for kids. Many of the objects can be touched. Also there are many inscriptions in Braille. Wheelchair access is possible without problems. The exterior is styled like a beautiful little park with lots of space to explore.
catherine desmyttere (4 years ago)
Super animation avec l'escape game. Nous avons passé un agréable moment . Sortie à conseiller
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