Corseul Roman Ruins

Corseul, France

Corseul was called Fanum Martis ('Temple of Mars') in Latin and was the capital of the Gallo-Roman province of Coriosolites. It was founded in 10 BC. In the 3rd and 4th centuries, like many other cities, Fanum Martis was renamed for its people, the Curiosolitae. This name change occurred as the Roman Empire weakened and paralleled a revival of the ancient Gallic gods in local religious sculptures and dedicatory inscriptions.

Monterfil, today in Corseul city centre, was the antic city’s trading area and was built on a Roman grid plan. It was laid out around a 10m wide central street and two main perpendicular lanes delineating the blocks or insulae. It was developed in the 1st century BC and remained active until the 3rd century AD when it was burnt. The site has been transformed into an elegant public garden known as Jardin des Antiques.

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Founded: 10 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in France
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)

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