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Vezenska tower, amphitheater and Gallo-Roman Museum: a photo, description Tour de Vesone et Musee Vesunna)

The administrative centre of the Dordogne, Perigueux is interesting not only as the place where historic and cultural monuments, but also as a former Roman city. In Perigueux the ruins of an entire Roman settlement of Vesunna. The best preserved Roman monuments located in the old part of town called the cité. In other parts of the city remains of Roman architecture are also available, but are in a much worse state, as for many centuries served as a source of stone for the construction of city walls, castles and houses.

In the area of the cité, you can see the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre and the crumbling Wesenschau tower. The amphitheatre was built in the first century and dismantled in the third century, and in the mid-nineteenth century was recognized as a monument of history. On-site amphitheatre, now a garden Arenas.

Vezenska tower (or tower Vesny) is part of a former Roman temple, the home and considered sacred, the entrance to which was allowed only to the clergy. The height of the ruins of the tower is 27 metres and its diameter - about twenty. Its name it received in honor of the pagan goddess that the villagers revered as their patron. The status of the monument, the tower was in 1846.

Over the ruins of one of the buildings Vesny (former Gallo-Roman villas) architect Jean Nouvel has constructed a modern building with glass walls. This project was one of the last works of the architect, and the building housed the Museum of Gallo-Roman civilization that has national status. Themselves the ruins of the Villa since 1963 are also a historical monument.

In addition to these three monuments of the Roman period, in Perigueux, the ruins of the Roman baths, the remains of the aqueduct, and part of the brickwork in the construction of the Norman gate, which was built in the IV century as part of the city fortifications.