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4. Esplanade des Marroniers

The Roman columns
The Archaeology Walk
1 Place Perdtemps
2 Esplanade Jules César
3 rue du Vieux Marché
4 Esplanade des Marroniers
5 rue Nicole
6 rue Delafléchère
7 rue du Marché
8 place du Marché
9 place Bel Air
10 rue de la Porcelaine
11 the Roman Museum
More places to visit
Porte St. Marie
rue Juste Olivier
the Church
place du Château
the aqueduct
the Villa in Commugny
ruelle de la Muraz

Roman columns
Although they did not stand in this location in Roman times, these columns have now become a part of the Nyon landscape. Just as other parts of the forum were re-used centuries ago in other buildings, so too these columns and cornice have been placed in another context, in another time. Nyon Roman columns
Place des Marroniers sign

The text in English reads: The Roman columns. It was about 45 BC when the Romans created Colonia Iulia Equestris on the shores of Lake Geneva, between the Gex region, the Jura and the Aubonne. Noviodunum, the urban center of this territory, was built on the very site of the present town of Nyon. The columns and the cornice that surmounts them were reassembled on the Esplanade des Marroniers in 1958, when Nyon celebrated its 2000th anniversary. Originally, they belonged to the partly raised porticos in the sacred area of the forum situated in the town center. The ornamentation, dating from the middle of the first century AD, reveals artistic influences from southern Gaul.

The drawing shows a reconstruction of the crypto-portico A and the portico B of the sacred area, with the columns and cornice in their original positions C.

This sign is the unfortunate victim of graffitti.

Roman columns
capital cornice
Nyon and the Lac Leman The view from the place des Marroniers looks out over the lake. Land which has not been built on in recent times always leads one to wonder what might be buried there...
Place des Marroniers on a winter morning.
Click here to go to the Nyon Roman Museum's page about these columns

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This page was updated on 31 March, 2004 by K. Epps

Unless otherwise mentioned, all photos are by Katharine Epps.
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