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Ruins of Oppidum d Antreman: photos, description (Oppidum d'entremont)

All that remains of the city of Oppidum, Antreman, the ancient capital of the Celts and the Ligurians, are stored in the historical-archaeological Granet Museum, and the ruins of the settlement are a few kilometres North of present-day AIX-EN-Provence.

Celtic-Ligurian tribes occupied the land of Lower Provence in the IV BC. They built the city of Antreman that flourished for a century and then destroyed in the II century BC by the troops of Roman Consul Sextia. By order of the Consul on the spot plundered, the city was located a military camp, which was to guard the trade road leading from Rome to Massalia (now Marseille). According to another version, this camp was founded for veterans of the Legion Sextia, and the place was selected due to the beat here mineral springs. So the camp was named "Aqua Sextia". This settlement was the predecessor of the modern AIX-EN-Provence.

On the site of a former Celtic settlement to the present day, the ruins of the city fortifications, and the ruins of houses and the remains of the shopping area. The finds discovered on the site Antimony, was transferred to the Granet Museum. Archaeological exhibits are allotted a separate room.

The Granet Museum is named after the famous in AIX artist, a native of the city and occupies the building that belonged to the Church of the order of St John. In addition to the artifacts of the Gallo-Roman era here is a collection of European painting of XVI-XX centuries.