Vesone Tower Gardens, Parks in Périgueux

Opening hours

Closed

  • 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

Opens Tuesday at 07:30 am

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Location : In the countryside

Province : White Périgord

  • English
    • Périgueux is the best-known Roman city in Aquitaine.

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

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

      Vésone occupied 82 hectares of a meander on the right bank of the Isle. 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 style of life. Around the 40s 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 2nd century, with in particular the construction of the great temple known today as the Tour de Vésone . More than 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 notables of Gallic origin, who were quickly Romanized. In Vésone, all around the civic center, the houses of notables (domus) developed from the 1st century. Towards the end of the 3rd century, after a period of recession, the city closed itself within a rampart. The monuments were dismantled stone by stone to be used, for reuse, in the construction of this new monumental adornment. It was the beginning of a different type of urban life.

      THE VÉSONE PARK:

      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 Tour de Vésone.

      PARK HOURS:

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


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

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Traveller Reviews Vesone Tower

4.5 sur 5 463 reviews

  • Vincent Oliver

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Vincent Oliver on 01/05/2023

    An impressive renmant of the ancient Roman city of Vesunna, built around the area. There is adequate bilingual information about the tower but a lot more in the nearby museum.

  • 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.

  • 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 Vesone Tower

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 (Ruelle-sur-Touvre, France) 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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Vesone Tower

Address

3 rue Claude Bernard
24000 Périgueux

Contacts

Phone : 05 53 02 80 22

GPS coordinates

45° 10'45.9"N, 0° 42'51.87"E

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