We visited the Gallo-Roman Museum of Saint-Paulien

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A few minutes from Puy-en-Velay, discover Saint-Paulien, the former capital of Velay. This charming little village is full of treasures like its Saint-Georges church. But at the corner of a small street, we invite you to visit the Gallo-Roman museum Michel Pomarat and its collections. Come on, let's go in !

To find it, follow the guide ! The Gallo-Roman Museum Michel Pomarat of Saint-Paulien is located at Chemin de la Chapelle des Penitents, a few meters from the tourist office on Place Saint-Georges. Once in the small alley, you will find the entrance on your left …

Gallo Roman remain

Gallo-Roman capital of the Velay, Saint-Paulien has crossed the ages and we return them through a small path, cradled by ancient objects … Out of the ground amphorae, tools, jewelry and even an imposing mosaic located in the very center of the museum.

The proposed short tour traces the life of the Ruessian City and its place in the Western world. Just entered, a map already located Saint-Paulien and its Mediterranean connections. Fragments of vase and amphorae already bear witness to the history that has been written under our feet …

With the comments of our guide, we are on a journey back in time, we do not know where to turn. Each showcase reveals a fragment, a necklace, a vase that already has centuries of existence. But the centerpiece of the museum of Saint-Paulien is undoubtedly this magnificent mosaic which stands proudly in the center of this old chapel.

A mosaic of the 1st century

Amazing minutia … Irregular but so perfect. From another time but from a modern design. We learn that it was restored in 2010 but its course is much more rewarding. In antique style, black and white, the mosaic represents animals and certainly adorned a public place (baths for example). Discovered in 1888, it was not until 1923 to release it, and 1931 to search around

Discoveries and excavations !

The most surprising thing when you walk through the alleys of this museum is that you are at the heart of an archaeological dig. Wheelbarrows, fine sand, large wooden crates, we almost expect to see Professor Jones arrive! And all this atmosphere is conducive to discovery. In the next room, many finds are exposed under showcase. Knives, vases, statuettes …

The Gallo-Roman Museum Michel Pomarat of Saint-Paulien

The visit runs in complete autonomy thanks to an audio-guide.
Visit: from 45 minutes to 1h30.

Prices :
Individuels : 4€
12>18 years old : 2€
Under 12 years : Free
Groups : 3€ (from 10 people per group)

  • Ticketing from June 15 to September 15 at the tourist information office,
    Saint-Georges square – from 10h to 12h and from 15h to 17h.
  • by reservation at the Saint-Paulien town hall :04 71 00 40 88

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