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The Gallo-Roman mosaic in Migennes :


At the Tourist Office, on display is a restored fragment of the 4th century polychrome and geometric Mosaic discovered in Migennes in 1976. It was extracted from the pavement of a 210m² room. When it was discovered in 1976, only two thirds of it were left.

The Eastern and Western panels look alike due to their decor, comprising of octagons, squares and elongated hexagons. The central panel is comprised of large squares and circles and has a Maltese cross in the middle. There are also some non-geometric forms like a kantharos (vase) and foliage.

The mosaic most likely dates back to the end of the 4th century AD. It was created at the same time as the parish church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois and at the beginning of the reign of Clovis I. Taking into account the late era, the so-called Barbaric era, it could be that the entire construction belonged to a palace or a religious building.

Full documentation and a guided tour can be requested at the Tourist Office.

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