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Exploring the Past in Centre

Located to the northwest of the centre of France, the Centre region features the Loire Valley and the numerous, extravagant châteaux situated along the course of this river. The city of Orléans is perhaps most famous for having being liberated by Joan of Arc. The departments in Centre are: Cher, Eure-et-Loire, Indre, Indre-et-loire, Loir-et-Cher and Loiret.

Map of Archaeology and History Sites and Museums in Centre

Prehistoric sites (Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age) are marked with red pins on the map, Gallo-Roman with green pins, Middle Ages with light blue, Early Modern (the Ancien Régime) with pink, Modern (from the French Revolution to the Great War) with purple, 20th Century/Historic with yellow. Museums and theme parks are marked with dark blue pins.


 

Archaeology & History Sites in Centre

Argentomagus

The Roman fountain at Argentomagus.Around 50 BC the Romans took over what had been an Iron Age town of the Bituriges Celtic tribe for a few centuries. The Romans named the new town Argentomagus. Today the archaeological remains can be visited at a number of locations in the town of Saint-Marcel. A museum, constructed over the remnants of a crypt from the Roman period and around which are most of the better preserved Roman features, provides the archaeological background from the Palaeolithic to the Medieval … go to Argentomagus.


Chartres Cathedral

The south portal of Chartres Cathedral.The cathedral in Chartres is said to be the finest Gothic cathedral in France. This well preserved cathedral, the last of five erected on the same location since the 4th century AD, is particularly well known for its original, spectacular stained-glass windows, created between 1200 and 1235. By good fortune, the Cathedral was spared destruction during the French Revolution and by the actions of an American Army Officer during World War II … go to Chartres Cathedral.



 

Museums in Centre

Orléans Museum of History and Archaeology

A bronze horse, part of the 'trésor de Neuvy-en-Sullias', in the archaeology museum in Orléans © Croquant - Wikimedia. In one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in the city of Orléans is the Musée historique et archéologique de l’Orléanais. As is to be expected of a regional museum much of what is on display is the history of the Orléans area. Undoubtedly, the most spectacular exhibit is the trésor de Neuvy-en-Sullias, a collection of 30 bronze Gallic and Gallo-Roman objects that were found in the Neuvy-en-Sullias commune about 30 kms from Orlèans. [Museum Website]

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