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Come with us on a walking tour of Nyon...

2. Esplanade Jules César

The basilica


The Archaeology Walk
1 Place Perdtemps
1. Place Perdtemps
2 Esplanade Jules César
2. Esplanade Jules César
3 rue du Vieux Marché
3. rue du Vieux Marché
4 Esplanade des Marroniers
4. Esplanade des Marroniers
5 rue Nicole
5. rue Nicole
6 rue Delafléchère
6. rue Delafléchère
7 rue du Marché
7. rue du Marché
8 place du Marché
8. place du Marché
9 place Bel Air
9. place Bel Air
10 rue de la Porcelaine
10. rue de la Porcelaine
11 the Roman Museum
11. the Roman Museum
More places to visit
Tour de César
Porte St. Marie
Porte St. Marie
rue Juste Olivier
rue Juste Olivier
the Church
the Church
place du Château
place du Château
the aqueduct
the aqueduct
the Villa in Commugny
the Villa in Commugny
ruelle de la Muraz
ruelle de la Muraz
Nocelli Caesar statue
Nocelli Caesar statue
street sign This statue of Julius Caesar stands on the terrace above the entry to the Museum. It is a copy by Alduino Nocelli of a statue in Rome.
Esplanade Jules Cesar
The fresco, painted in 1979 on the wall of the building next to the terrace (which is really the roof of the Roman Museum) gives one idea of what you would have seen, had you been standing on the spot in the year 150 AD. Imagine the ceiling about 60 feethigh. The level of the terrace is the level the floor of the basilica would have been.
On the map: Blue first phase of construction, Red second phase of construction, White Roman road network

The sign reads in English: The basilica - Since 1979 the foundations of the basilica discovered in 1974 have accommodated the Roman Museum where the Roman remains of Nyon and the district are preserved and displayed to advantage. The fresco by F. A. Holzer gives an immersion of the interior of the building which was some 20 meters high, and the layout of the ancient walls is traced on the floor in light asphalt or dark red flag stones. Constructed between 50 and 80 AD, and replacing an older edifice, the basilica was a public building that served as town hall, law court and administrative headquarters. It enclosed the lakeside end of the public area of the forum, the central building of the city.
The drawing shows a reconstruction of the exterior facade

This detail of the fresco shows the tops of the columns, one of which can be seen in the Nyon Roman Museum
Click here to go to the page showing Class 5 sketching the statue of Caesar










































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This page was updated on < 17 June, 2004 by K. Epps

Unless otherwise mentioned, all photos are by Katharine Epps.
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