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Montcaret Archaeological Site

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Address: le Bourg, 24230 Montcaret, France
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+33 5 53 58 50 18
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The vestiges of 1st, 4th and 5th century, altered in the Middle Ages, are...

The vestiges of 1st, 4th and 5th century, altered in the Middle Ages, are part of this Gallo-Roman villa with peristyle (interior court). This site presents a splendid polylobée room of 60 m2 and private baths. The particularity of this site derives from the quality and width of the mosaic pavements and its uninterrupted and attested occupation from Antiquity to modern age. Open: > 28th May to 30th September: from 9.45 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 1st October to 27th May: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Closed: > Saturdays from 1st October to 27th May. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 3 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 2,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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Hard to find but well worth a visit. Helpful, courteous staff. We arrived at midday but 30 minutes was sufficient to view the whole site. The mosaic floors are the star attraction... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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armidale
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hard to find but well worth a visit. Helpful, courteous staff. We arrived at midday but 30 minutes was sufficient to view the whole site. The mosaic floors are the star attraction with at least half a dozen in situ and 3 more as vertical wall displays. The final cruciform room is the most impressive and notable also for the... More 

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Westerham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

I wanted to give this site a better review because the site itself was beautiful but the layout and staff really let it down. The mosaics are simply amazing, really breathtaking colours and designs. The level of preservation is fantastic. The indoors area was also very interesting with the medieval graves dug in to the Roman mosaics providing plenty to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were passing through the area when we learned about the archaeological site. We were aware that the site is closed 1230-1400, but we hoped to arrive with enough time to at least have a flying visit, given that we would not be back in the area. We arrived at 1210, and were greeted by two women... More 

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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

If you are tired of all the Chateaus and Grand Crus in this area, just visit this archeological site. It is not a world beating experience but the location is attractive and the mosaics are well displayed. Funny is the small church that was built using material of the Roman Villa. Quite likely you are the only visitor!

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Thank Robert d
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

If you are passing worth a stop. Hardly an impressive structure. A few foundations and some small tiled floors. The ones that survive are good. As I said worth a stop for 3 euro if you are passing.

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Thank Mark A
Launceston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

A really excellent and interesting visit with a lot to see. The site is well preserved and the explanations as you walk around are very good.

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Thank Rosemarie K
Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

A little difficult to find, but well worth visiting - find the church in Montcaret and you have found the site. Welcoming staff, polite and friendly. Leaflets in several languages. A well laid out route first introduces you to the man who promoted the excavation and some of the special objects he found, then a tour through gates leads you... More 

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Thank Matthew E
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Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

A fascinating site, showing a small section of a large villa, built in the 1st century (AD). The majority of the villa remains underneath the church and village, but what's available to see includes the frigidarium (cold bath) with it's remarkable mosaics of fish and squid. The site is small enough to walk around in less than 30 minutes -... More 

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Thank Nickysian
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

Never saw ruins before and this was a real treat. Such beautiful mosaics. In the middle of town. The Benedictine church was equally as beautiful. A great place to stop and feel connected to history.

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Thank bderow
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Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

Excellent site. Very few people here third week of August ,Friday afternoon. Worth a visit if you want a short stroll around a Roman villa site .Recommended!

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