Temple de Janus, Autun

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The "Temple of Janus" is a Romano-Celtic religious structure located in Autun, Saône-et-Loire, France, to the North-West of the ancient city of Augustodunum.

The temple lies in the center of a vast sanctuary, whose extent and complexity was revealed by excavations conducted between 2013 and 2016. The site's history dates back to Neolithic times and underwent an important phase of monumental construction in the 1st century CE. The temple was abandoned at the onset of the Early Middle Ages, and its structures were later reused in the fashioning of a Medieval defensive work. The temple has retained two sides of its square cella at a height of over 20 meters, as well as vestiges of its ambulatory and side structure foundations. The temple's supposed dedication to the Roman god Janus is not based on any archaeological or historic fact, and the deity that was venerated in the temple is unknown.

The Temple of Janus was included on the first list of protected historical French monuments, established in 1840.
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  • On a short walk around Autun and found this interesting ancient ruin. It is almost lost on it's own down a track. Shame not enough information on it.  more »
  • Visit this Roman treasure before it definetly falls apart ... Autun is wellknown for its Roman heritage and it would be clever for the city to take care of its valuable tourist attractions... in...  more »
  • A bit far out from the city center (car needed). Really original building from the Roman times, and a nice stroll along the river if you have time to relax.  more »
  • Often walking from Autun city center to the JANUS temple, very quite and beautiful place and many many tourists visiting that particular historical monument.
  • Impressive size but little info
  • Impressive, but lack of explanation for the neophytes like me. I was not able to find the ancient theater buried in theory nearby.
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  • Relaxing place. 2 tables with white for picnic and clean
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  • Very beautiful monument... Impressive remnant of a previous life, with as a bonus the excavations underway next to the site
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