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

7. rue du Marché

The Public Baths
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

Information panel on rue du Marché, Nyon Nyon map

Blue: first phase of construction, Red: second phase of construction, White: Roman road network

The drawing on the sign shows the functioning of the mosaic, the hypocaust system for the baths and the hot room.

A fragment of the tepidarium mosaic, Nyon Roman Museum The text in English reads: The public baths - Very close to the forum, and dating probably from the beginning of our era, were the public baths, or therms. Excavations have revealed the room for hot baths, caldarium, that for cold baths, frigidarium, and the tepidarium, which served as a transition between the two, and possessed a floor decorated with a geometrically patterned mosaic that is now in the museum. The therms were indispensable for the social life of every Roman and Romanised city, where they offered relaxation, a meeting place, and bodily care. Frequented equally by both sexes, the establishments were either separate, or observed different entry hours.

Above, the mosaic from the tepidarium in the baths as it is shown in the Nyon Roman Museum. Click on the picture to go to the Museum's web page about the baths.

 

rue du Marché, Nyon
rue du Marché, Nyon
Looking up and down the rue du Marché at the place of the sign.
Click here to go to the Nyon Roman Museum's page about this area of town.
 
Read (in French) about, and see pictures of, the archaeological investigations of the baths by Archéodunum S.A.
Use Babelfish.com to translate a web page from French to English. http://babelfish.altavista.com
Click here to learn more about the role of the public baths in a Roman's life.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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This page was updated on 24 April, 2004 by K. Epps

Unless otherwise mentioned, all photos are by Katharine Epps.
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