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Certainly one of most memorable battles in the history of France took place in the department of Côte d'Or in Burgundy: The Siege of Alesia opposed the Roman army under Julius Caesar against a confederation of Gallic tribes under the leadership of Vercingetorix.
We all know what happened. However, during the centuries that followed, another less lethal but more intellectual battled ensued between researchers, which was to determine the exact spot of this famous battle. Finally, the archaeological site near Alise-Sainte-Reine in the department of Côte-d'Or in Burgundy was agreed upon.
Today, this green setting is home to the 'Centre d'interprétation du MuseoParc Alésia' which opened its doors to the public in March 2012. A major part of the MuseoParc Alésia, the Interpretation Centre, with its scenographic spaces, provides the possibility to discover the seat of Alesia in a dynamic and interactive way.
Thanks to the presentation of antique objects, replicas, dioramas, films, models, reconstructed war machines and interactive terminals, which offer plenty of information and details, your immersion into 52 BC will be complete.
In addition to a visit of the Interpretation Centre, which guests can do on their own, with an audio guide or with an intermediary, the public can also access the panoramic terrace where a guide retraces how the events played out in the landscape and presents the reconstructed Roman defensive lines.
The Interpretation Centre is not the only site only to the public in Alesia. There are a few levelled remains of the Gallo-Roman city, which rose on the oppidum after the defeat of Vercingetorix, corresponding to the buried foundations and structures of monuments and dwellings built within a period of several centuries.
Guided visits, shows and workshops make it possible to discover the ancient monumental centre with its sanctuary, its theatre, and its forum enclosed by a basilica. Not to mention the still partially cobbled streets or the monument of Ucuetis, once the seat of the corporation of bronze-workers and blacksmiths.
Finally, it's impossible to finish off a visit of the site without having a look at the symbol of Alesia. Located west of Mont-Auxois, where the oppidum overlooks the spot of the final battle between the Romans and the Gauls, stands a colossal 6.6m high statue propped up on a 7m high pedestal designed by Viollet-le-Duc.
It was commissioned by Napoleon III in 1865 from the sculptor Aimé Millet, who used a copper sheet to create it. This Vercingetorix, resigned after his defeat, and whose traits were inspired by a young Napoleon III, makes it possible to see how the Gauls were represented in the 19th century.

The Interpretation Centre - 1, route des Trois Ormeaux - 21150 Alise-Sainte-Reine.
Remains of the Gallo-Roman city - Chemin des fouilles - 21150 Alise-Sainte-Reine.
Average length of the visit to the Interpretation Centre: about 3 hrs.
Average length of the visit of the remains of the Gallo-Roman city: about 45 min.
Entrance fee for the Interpretation Centre: £7.50 for adults and £5 for children 7-16.
Entrance fee for the Interpretation Centre and the remains of the Gallo-Roman city: approx. £9 for adults and £6 for children 7-16.

  • Alésia MuséoParc , France
    Alésia MuséoParc
    © David Darrault / MuséoParc Alésia
  • Alésia MuséoParc , France
    Alésia MuséoParc
    © David Darrault / MuséoParc Alésia
  • Alésia MuséoParc , France
    Alésia MuséoParc
    © David Darrault / MuséoParc Alésia
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