La Turbie’s Trophy

Only two Roman Trophys still remain nowadays: one of them is in Adamklissi, Romania (150 km from Bucharest) and the “Trophée dAuguste”, in la Turbie, France, on the road from Nice to Monaco (it is in fact the former roman Via Julia Augusta).

Only two Roman Trophys still remain nowadays: one of them is in Adamklissi, Romania (150 km from Bucharest) and the “Trophée dAuguste”, in la Turbie, France, on the road from Nice to Monaco (it is in fact the former roman Via Julia Augusta).

The Trophy was erected in 6 BC, to celebrate the victory of the emperor Augustus over the local people: new Roman province was created and made as the link between Spain and Rome.

Built of white stones, the Trophy was 50 meters high (35 m now) and 38 meters long, with an enormous statue of Augustus on its top. (It doesn’t exist now anymore).

During the middle ages, it was used as a carrier for the edification of the houses of the village and for the St Michel Archange’s church.

Louis XIV even tried to ruin it, without success.

It was restored by the architect Jules Formigé between 1929 and 1933.

How to get there:

Take the highway number 8 and take the exit 57, direction La Turbie.

You can visit it (entrance: 5 €).

http://la-turbie.monuments-nationaux.fr/fr/bdd/page/visites

written by azurblue on 2008-05-09 #places #art #culture #nightlife #location

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