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The Villa in Commugny

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
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Porte St. Marie
rue Juste Olivier
the Church
place du Château
the aqueduct
the Villa in Commugny
ruelle de la Muraz

Commugny, Vaud CH
In the village of Commugny, about 8 km from Nyon, on the road to Geneva, a luxurious villa occupied the site where the Church, cemetery, parsonage and its garden are built today. The house was built on broad terraces, with a splendid vue of the lake and Alps beyond. It is noted for the exceptional wall paintings which were still vivid when they were first uncovered in 1904.
The church in Commugny
The church in Commugny
The villa was built before the middle of the 1st century AD, and probably destroyed in the 3rd.
Click here to find out more about the history of the area.
Detail of a fresco from the Roman villa in Commugny, in the Nyon Roman Museum Detail of a fresco from the Roman villa in Commugny, in the Nyon Roman Museum Commugny wall painting report, in the Nyon Roman Museum
Move your mouse over this photo to see a detail of the garland Fragments and studies of the wall paintings from the villa are in the Roman Museum in Nyon.

Click here to learn more about wall paintings.

This photo shows a drawing made in 1904 of one of the frescos found during the first organized archaeological investigations of the villa.

Click here to learn more about the history of archaeology in the Canton of Vaud.

gold leaf, in the Nyon Roman Museum

Left: Al ayer of gold leaf was used in the wall painting at the villa, as well as rare and expensive colors (Egyptian blue and cinnabar).

Click here to learn more about the periods of Roman wall paintings

Right: This artists conception (1995) shows one of the wall paintings as it might have looked when it was new in 35 - 45 AD, and can be seen in the Roman Museum in Nyon

 

Drawing of wall painting in the Roman Villa in Commugny

Ceramic piece in the Nyon Roman Museum Ceramic piece in the Nyon Roman Museum Ceramic piece in the Nyon Roman Museum

Three of the ceramic pieces found in Commugny, on display in the Nyon Roman Museum. 2nd - 3rd centuries.

Drawing in the Nyon Roman Museum The Roman villa in Colombier Roman key in the Nyon Roman Museum
This plan shows the present Church and Parsonage over the known details of the villa. .

The Roman villa in Colombier (NE), which was also built on a terraced setting, gives us an idea of how large the estate of a very wealthy Roman could be. This model is in the Laténium in Neuchâtel.

Click on the picture to learn more (in French) about the Colombier villa

A key found in the excavation of the villa.

 

To learn about other Roman villas in Switzerland...

Click on these links to learn about the Roman villa in
Orbe-Boscéaz

http://www.orbe.ch/histoire/bos.htm
http://www.chemie.unibas.ch/~forney/pictures6.html

Click on these links to learn about the Roman villa in
Vallon

http://www.pro-vallon.ch

Click on these links to learn about the Roman villa in
Pully

http://www.lausanne.ch/view.asp?DomID=62535

 

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