THE TEMPLE



The greatest discovery of recent years is the Celtic temple or Fanum. It was built between 60 and 80 A.D. .
It must have been burned down perhaps at the beginning of the third century. Similar temples have been found till now only in very important Gaulish centers.
Now, there are only the bases of the walls left, and also the floors where excavation has revealed fragments of numerous items from the upper part (tiles, painted plaster, marble friezes and capitals).


In the center, is the cella (A), that is to say, the sanctuary set aside for statues and representation of the gods.

Then, comes a covered gallery (B), for processions.

Finally, inside the third wall, a subsidiary building or annexe (C). The cella opens onto the East on a kind of podium (D).

Attempted reconstruction drawing of the east front.

Excavations suggest that there may have been thermal baths nearby.


View from the west side
The excellent quality of the stonework is to be noticed.




Base of a column


Painted wall plaster
Their study has revealed very rich ornamentation :
At least, half a dozen pictures have been found, representing many figures, the stern of a vessel, a kneeling man, ...
Unfortunately, the small size and also the distribution of the chips has only allowed very partial reconstruction.
On the other hand, the style of the paintings indicates a fairly precise date for the pictures, that is to say : between 70 and 77 A.D.

The head of a figure


Bronze head of a ram This bronze head of a ram found in the temple enclos-ure calls to mind worship of the god Mercury (or of a Celtic god derived from him).