Gisacum - A Forgotten Sanctuary

When you think of the history of France what springs to mind? Asterix the Gaul? Joan of Arc? 1066 with the Bayeux Tapestry or perhaps the Romans? For us it has been interesting to get to know the history behind the area of Normandy and take our family along with us.

Gisacum - A Forgotten Sanctuary


Gisacum is a Gallo-Roman sanctuary dedicated to the Roman gods Apollo and Jupiter. It was built 2000 years ago and lay forgotten and abandoned till 200 years  ago when they started to do archaeological digs in the area. 

Gisacum - A Forgotten Sanctuary


On reaching the site (Gisacum) we decided to call in at the Archaeological Interpretation Centre first. There it is possible to see a variety of different objects unearthed from the area and consider just how big the Roman sanctuary would have been. 

Gisacum - A Forgotten Sanctuary

As you walk around there are images of how it may have looked and it is possible to walk over the land. Sadly if you are in search of remains and mosaics then you won't find any in the actual plot itself and are far better off looking in the local museums which we didn't have time to explore. 

Gisacum - A Forgotten Sanctuary


  • Entrance is free
  • It is open from 1 March to the 15 November
  • 8 rue des thermes 27930 Le Vieil-Evreux
Gisacum - A Forgotten Sanctuary

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  1. I'm a big archaeology fan. Looks great. #adventurecalling 👍

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  2. That looks great - my friend came back from Bayeux raving about it...#FortheloveofBLOG

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  3. I have visited France many times, but have never actually been to Normandy, perhaps I should, it's great when something has no entry fee, quite rare these days #blogginggoodtine@_karendennis

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  4. wow, never heard of this sounds really interesting and obviously it pleases me to hear it is free X #coolmumclub

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  5. As a history nerd this is right up my alley. I like the reimagining of the Roman villa - very cool #farawayfiles

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  6. I love exploring the history of the various places we visit. I hadn't realised that there were Roman ruins in Normandy. Another reason to return. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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  7. Interesting, love exploring sites like this on my travels! #FarawayFiles

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  8. Looks an interesting place to visit - Pinned! Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

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  9. Looks like a very interesting place to visit! #sharingthebloglove

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  10. Returning to Normandy is on my bucket list (favorite place ever!) so it's great to know of this historical area. I like how they made a picture of what it would have looked like. Fascinating!

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  11. That looks fascinating. I love learning about different historical periods such as the Romans and the Egyptians! We've been to Normandy before, but completely missed this...thanks for the recommendation. I'll be sure to visit if we return!
    #MMBC

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  12. I suppose it was disappointing that actual artifacts weren't on view, but I love that they had those giant pictures on display to assist with the imagination! #farwayfiles

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  13. I like those screens with the images on it brings the place to life. Im a big fan of Roman history but hadn't known that there was a lot of it in Normandy - I've learned something new! #Countrykids

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  14. I love the pictures on a the windows. Really clever idea.

    #adventurecalling

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  15. This sounds fascinating - I've been to Normandy a few times but never come across it. I really like what they've done with the transparent screens - it's lovely and subtle and seems to work really well. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  16. Looks like a wonderful place to visit, with such a rich history. Our boys loved it when we visited Battle, in Hastings. It really seemed to capture their imagination
    #fearlessfamtrav

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  17. We love a bit of history to uncover on holiday and all the better when it is all there for you and free. Those large transparent screens are really effective at helping you to understand how things might have looked. Normandy is full of interesting discoveries and amazing beaches. One day I will get out there instead of heading south to see family.

    Thank you for sharing your Normandy finds on #CountryKids

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  18. This looks really educational and informative for both parents and children. I find it really fascinating finding out a little about history and seeing what places once were. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  19. What an interesting way to give an idea of what the buildings would have looked like in the landscape! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles

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  20. I love those transparent screens, what a great way to see how it might have looked! #countrykids

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  21. I love learning about history and how people used to live, it really fascinates me so I would love to visit here. Love those transparent scenes, amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky x

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  22. wow your photos are gorgeous and its fascinating to learn about somewhere knew for me
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

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  23. That looks really interesting. I love history and find it fascinating exploring ancient sites. My parents live in Normandy so will have to look out some of these places next time we visit. Thank you so much for linking up with us once again #AdventureCalling

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  24. It’s amazing what lurks beneath the surface of our earth. Those interpretations look remarkly modern too, given they are impressions of buildings 2000 years old. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling . I hope you can when it opens again tomorrow.

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  25. It’s a shame you can’t see local artefacts but impressive that they have the large frames up so you can appreciate the scale. #familytraveltips

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  26. Wow, that sounds fascinating! We intend to do a year travelling when the girls are old enough to be learning about things like this. We love Roman history, Northumberland is amazing for it so the girls got into it when we were there. We will definitely put this on our list to visit when we're travelling through Normandy. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips
    Nat.x

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  27. All of them for me - though the Egyptians do hold a sense of amazement!

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  28. I visited Normandy once before in my teenage years but never visited any Roman sites. My husband would love this as he is a huge fan of Roman History. Thanks for linking up! #wanderlustkids

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