Tour de Vésone

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  • Monday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Tuesday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Wednesday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Thursday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Friday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Saturday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Sunday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm

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Location : In the countryside

Province : White Périgord

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    • Périgueux is the best known Roman city in Aquitaine.

      Before the Roman conquest, the current Dordogne department was occupied by the Celtic people of the Pétrucores or Pétrocores.

      When the emperor Auguste created the Aquitaine province around 16 BC. AD, he divided it into 21 cities, including the City of Petrucores (Civitas petrucoriorum) which was endowed with a capital called Vésone (Vesunna in Latin) named after a protective native deity.

      Vésone occupied a meander on the right bank of the Isle over 60 hectares. The town planning and architecture of this new city were to express the Roman order and encourage the adoption by the local population of a new lifestyle. Around the 1940s. AD, it already had its forum and the amphitheater was under construction.

      The city seems to have been a vast construction site until, at least, the middle of the second century, with in particular the construction of the large temple known today as the Tower of Vesone. Over 24 m high, it represents the sacred part of the ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Vesunna, protector of the city, associated with the cult of water.

      As in all of Gaul, public affairs were managed by the notables of Gallic origin, quickly Romanized. In Vésone, all around the civic center, the houses of notables (domus) developed from the 1st century. Towards the end of the third century, after a period of recession, the city tightened in a rampart. The monuments were dismantled stone by stone to serve, in reuse, for the construction of this new monumental set. It was the beginning of another type of urban life.

      THE PARK OF VESONE :

      Created in the 19th century, remodeled in 1972, this garden with an area of 6,440 m2 is organized on a major Gallo-Roman site, around the ancient vestige of the Tower of Vesone.

      PARK SCHEDULES :

      From October 1 to April 1 : from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      From April 2 to September 30 : from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

      Visit the Gallo-Roman Vesunna museum-site : perigueux-vesunna.fr

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Traveller Reviews Tour de Vésone

4.4 sur 5 393 reviews

  • monica pronzini

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by monica pronzini on 10/05/2019

    This tower are the remains of a temple dedicated to goddess Vesunna and it is worth visiting after a visit to the museum. Only the core remains but a few pieces of what was probably part of the outer columns remain scattered in the park.

  • Helen Burns

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Helen Burns on 24/08/2021

    Well. I've seen a lot of Roman remains over the years, but the tower is truly amazing. What a mighty, powerful structure. How powerful was the goddess it was built for?????

  • D&M

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by D&M on 30/09/2020

    Immense remains of a Roman temple situated in a calm park. Free. Well worth the walk there.

Traveller Reviews Tour de Vésone

4.5 sur 5 12 reviews

  • "Nice entrance to the Vesunna Musee"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by mitch w (Bordeaux, France) on 13/09/2021

    Located in the front garden of the Vesunna Museum, this is an impressive structure. It basically housed a statue of the Goddess and stairs to the top. It was only accessible to priests at the...

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  • "superbe tour!!!"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by stef1741 (Blois, France) on 04/11/2022

    très belle conservation pour cette Tour romaine, que de beaux aménagements effectués pour la voir de l'intérieur et félicitations aux jardiniers de la ville pour la mise en valeur des jardins autour.

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  • "Belle tour en pierre."

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Hugues B on 03/09/2022

    Bel aménagement réalisé ces dernières années, passerelle qui permet de visualiser l'intérieur de la tour et les explications en chemin sont claires et intéressantes.

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Ride around

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Tour de Vésone

Address

3 rue Claude Bernard
24000 Périgueux

Contacts

Phone : 05 53 53 10 63

GPS coordinates

45° 10'45.9"N, 0° 42'51.87"E

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