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Archaeological Site of Puymin

Monument in Vaison-la-Romaine

Archaeological Site of Puymin - Monument in Vaison-la-Romaine

Site Puymin:



  • The house at the laureate Apollo: This house, named after the head of an Apollo laurel wreath in white marble, occupies 2,000 m² while its southward extension is unknown. This is the place to imagine the main entrance, following a succession of rooms: dining room, dining mosaic courtyard. At the heart of the house, the large ceremonial room, floor polychrome marble, overlooking the peristyle. The entries on the known street theater served the domestic business areas: the kitchen with its homes and its basin, a courtyard where the latrines were appointed and shelter for wood. From there the resort was maintained fireplace that heated the rooms hypocaust.



  • The house at Tonnelle: This huge house about 3,000 m² was formed from a modest habitat the first century BC, the heart of an agricultural field. In the second century, the domus extended down through several levels of terraces and basements. The large courtyard occupied by the arbor a summer dining room and a well giving access to a double-flight staircase. From there, we won the private part of the house, rooms, courtyard, spa. The northern sector was reserved for domestic activities: courtyard with pool, dining with oven and dolium (grain reserve) latrines.



  • The porticoed sanctuary: This vast monument, partially cleared, was probably a public place vocation walk or even worship. Porticoes framed a garden with a large pool and a central building. Opposite, in the north wall, there answered a room highlighted by a Rhodian portico. Its dimensions and the presence of an altar incite see a place of worship devoted to god, emperor or a local personality. Sculpture casts were placed there: the Diadumenos (Roman copy of an original by sculptor Polykleitos), Emperor Hadrian and his wife Sabina. Leaving the sanctuary by the northeast stairs, walkers join a neighborhood workshops and modest housing.



  • Theatre: The ancient theater is protected as historical monuments since 1862. A witness to the prosperity of the ancient city of Vasio, it is one of the few public buildings visible today, which consisted of the monumental the city. Its construction dates probably from the first century AD, during the reign of Emperor Claudius; its decoration has been enriched at the beginning of the next century. Following the recommendations advocated by the Latin author Vitruvius in his treatise on architecture, the theater was excavated in the north side of the hill that offered a Puymin rock mass and a slope conducive to such a facility. However a huge job size and recovery of the rock has been necessary to make both regular bleachers and seat of masonry. Restored during the third century, the theater was probably used until the early fourth century. Historians speculate that it was destroyed in the beginning of the next century, when the decree of Honorius (in 407) which ordered all provinces to overthrow, to break or bury the statues of pagan deities. It is perhaps in this context that we threw into the deepest parts of theater, the effigies of emperors and other deities that adorned the stage wall. It is also from this time that we began using large foundations of the monument or as sarcophagi or as building materials. The work of destruction and oblivion was so complete that at the beginning of the Renaissance there remained only two arches of the monument, repeated reports by scholars and travelers. Not until the nineteenth century and the establishment of a national structure to inventory the monuments of France to the theater again arouses interest. Its size and structure make it possible to accommodate up to 7,000 spectators distributed in a strict hierarchy. The 32 stands were grouped into stages separated by a low wall and probably a traffic corridor. They were accessible by stairs from the orchestra and vomitories. The stands were surmounted by a portico. In the section reserved for players remain visible remnants of the scene before the wall and twelve cavities for curtain mechanism. Back, pits housed the machinery used for processing of the decor and scenic effects through hatches in the floor. The basics of stage wall, carved in the rock, give a faint idea of ​​the monumental decoration, but they are well qu'empruntaient the three doors to enter the artists on stage: by convention, actors entering from the courtyard side (right) were from the forum and those entering through the left (garden) came from the countryside or from outside the city. Currently the theater is the subject of an extensive restoration campaign that has the dual aim of protecting the ancient remains and to better adapt the site for its contemporary use.


Opening timesMonday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Thursday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Friday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Saturday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Sunday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM
AddressRue Bernard Noël, Vaison-la-Romaine
Telephone+33 4 90 36 50 48


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