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The site of Alesia

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In 52 BC, the Gaulish leader Vercingetorix led his last battle against Julius Caesar on the site of Alise-Sainte-Reine in Burgundy. After leading the revolt of the Gaulish tribes against the Roman occupier, the courageous leader of the Arverni, who was waiting for backup which arrived too late, was defeated at Alesia.

Archaeological excavations at this site in Côte-d'Or have unearthed the remains of a Gallo-Roman town that lived on in the oppidum after the Gauls were defeated: a sanctuary, theatre, forum, monument to Ucuetis… This important ancient site, of which only the foundations and buried structures of monuments and homes remain, is now part of the MuséoParc Alésia site, which also includes an interpretation centre devoted to the siege of Alesia. Based in a glazed cylindrical building of 52 metres in diameter, the museum invites you on a fabulous journey through time: dynamic and interactive display areas, scale models, films, multimedia terminals, educational workshops and a games library offer plenty to fascinate children and adults alike. From the plant-covered terrace complete with orientation tables, visitors can also enjoy remarkable views of the siege site.

Two kilometres from the interpretation centre, not far from the remains of the Gallo-Roman town, a gigantic statue of Vercingetorix by the sculptor Aimé Millet stands at the top of Mount Auxois. From up there, you can see stunning views of the surrounding landscape!

AddressChemin des Fouillés, Alise-Sainte-Reine
Telephone+33 3 80 96 96 23
Official sitewww.alesia.com

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The site of Alesia

MuséoParc to Alesia, relive the story great!

Interpretation Centre offers a dynamic discovery siege of Alesia. Antiques and facsimiles, diorama, films, models, multimedia terminals and reproductions of war machines give you the keys to understanding the history of the site. Usability and interactivity are appointments programming MuséoParc: thematic meetings, educational workshops, historical demonstrations, audio guides with the choice of a visit "child" with games or "adult" toy library for children from March to August years ... Immerse yourself in the heart of the fighting and let yourself be surprised by the impressive reconstruction lines of Roman fortifications. Immersion size!

Alesia is also ...

An iconic statue. To commemorate the end and the success of the research undertaken at Alesia, Napoleon the third order the sculptor Aimé Millet a colossal statue of Vercingetorix. 6.60 meters high, the work sheet copper was erected in 1865. Its stone base 7 meters was designed by the architect Viollet-le-Duc.

And a Gallo-Roman site open for over 100 years!

After the defeat of Vercingetorix, the oppidum continues to be busy. A prosperous Gallo-Roman city thrives, in particular, the activity of craftsmen specialized in working with bronze. It was abandoned in the 5th century. Population can be estimated to be a few thousand people. Of this ancient city, there are only remnants highly leveled. They correspond to the foundations and underground structures monuments and homes built over several centuries.

Information: Tel. : +33 3 80 96 96 23 - Email: contact@alesia.com

Address: MuséoParc Alesia - 1, route des Trois Ormeaux - 21150 Alise-Sainte-Reine.

Aerial view of the site of Alesia (© D. Fouilloux - MRW Zeppeline Burgundy)
Aerial view of the site of Alesia (© D. Fouilloux - MRW Zeppeline Burgundy)
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Statue of Vercingetorix (© T. Clarity - Balloïde Photo)
Statue of Vercingetorix (© T. Clarity - Balloïde Photo)
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Interpretation Centre (© Christian Richters)
Interpretation Centre (© Christian Richters)
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Troop reconstructions (© C. Jachymiak)
Troop reconstructions (© C. Jachymiak)
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Alesia (© Frantz)
Alesia (© Frantz)
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Alesia (© Frantz)
Alesia (© Frantz)
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Alesia (© Frantz)
Alesia (© Frantz)
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Alesia (© Frantz)
Alesia (© Frantz)
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