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2. Esplanade Jules César
The Archaeology Walk
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|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.|
|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|
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.
|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|
This page was updated on < 17 June, 2004 by K. Epps
otherwise mentioned, all photos are by Katharine Epps.
Sauf mention contraire les photos sont de Katharine Epps