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Arch Kampanya: photos, description Arc de Campanus)

AIX-Les-Bains as a resort was opened by the Romans. Learning about the healing properties of local mineral water sources, they improved their surroundings. However, after the collapse of the Roman Empire was abandoned and the small resort on the waters, and the era of desolation continued for several centuries.

The ruins of many Roman buildings survived in AIX-Les-Bains to date, in particular, the remains of the baths and the arch Campanus. About the arch know that it was built at the end of the I century on the initiative of the Roman patrician Lucius Pompeuse Campanus. However, the purpose of the arch to the end is not defined: either it was a monumental funerary building or a building with a utilitarian purpose - the entrance to the city baths or one of the city gates. The ark was once placed the inscription, and it could help to determine the original function of the structure, but many of her letters are not preserved, so the meaning of the inscription remains to be deciphered by scientists.

The dimensions of this structure was equal to nine feet tall and seven feet wide. In 1867, the object of the Roman architectural heritage was otrestavrirovana and became one of the important tourist attractions. Prior to this, the design has been used without proper reverence - just as a part of the stables.

Currently, this architectural monument located in the heart of AIX-Les-Bains near Piazza Maurice Mollard, where you can see another "chip" of the Roman era, the walls of the temple built into the structure of a later time. This building is a Museum that holds sculptures and other artifacts from the Roman period.