In the footsteps of Vercingetorix

A place of remembrance is emerging in the Auxois countryside. The Alésia visitor centre and new archaeological museum opened to the public in 2012. Today, below the statue of Vercingetorix, you can visit the Gallo-Roman ruins and observe the progress at a major European cultural project.

An 'oppidum' and its secrets

Mont-Auxois has been inhabited since prehistoric times. In 52 BC, Gallic knights were routed by Romans and their Germanic allies. Vercingetorix withdrew his troops to the fortified town of Alésia, which then suffered the famous siege leading to his defeat.

An historical controversy has raged since the 19th century – is the Mont-Auxois really where the siege of Alésia took place? Historians are today agreed that it is.

The MuséoParc cultural project

The Alise-Sainte-Reine district and surrounding villages welcome visitors to two different venues.

On Les Laumes plain, the visitor centre will concentrate on the siege of Alésia and the story of France's Gallic origins. Visitors will experience the event from both points of view: besiegers and besieged.

The archaeological museum, linked to the remains of the Gallo-Roman town, recreates the lives and culture of its successive populations.

Alésia, here and now!

There's no need to wait if you want to see the shrine, forum and amphitheatre at Alésia. This ancient site survived for five centuries following the end of the Gallic era!

Impressed by the tall statue of Vercingetorix? This giant copper statue, the work of Aimé Millet, was erected in 1865 on the western edge of the Mont-Auxois. It serves to reinforce the romantic image of Vercingetorix, founder of the Gallic nation.

Alésia has other activities on offer: the "Nuits péplum" festival in July features an explosive mix of pop and rock!

Alésia provides a truly memorable stop during any trip through the Pays de l'Auxois, which would not be complete without also seeing Fontenay abbey, Châteauneuf-en-Auxois and Flavigny-sur-Ozerain.

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  • Pays d'Art et d'Histoire - Auxois
MuséoParc Alésia
1 route des Trois Ormeaux - 21150 - ALISE-SAINTE-REINE -
03 80 96 96 23
Horaires d'ouverture du Muséoparc Alésia
  • Le Centre d'interprétation et les vestiges de la ville gallo-romaine sont ouverts 7 jours sur 7 y compris les dimanches et jours fériés.
    Durée de visite moyenne du Centre d'interprétation : environ 3 h
    Durée de visite des vestiges de la ville gallo-romaine : environ 45 min

    - Du 1er février au 31 mars, de 10 h à 17 h. (Seuls les vestiges de la ville sont accessibles)
    - Du 1er avril au 30 juin, de 9 h à 18 h.
    - Du 1er juillet au 31 août, de 9 h à 19 h
    - Du 1er au 30 septembre, de 9 h à 18 h
    - Du 1er octobre au 30 novembre, de 10 h à 17 h (Le centre d'interprétation est ouvert jusqu'au 11 novembre seulement)
    - Du 1er décembre au 31 décembre, de 10 h à 17 h (Seul le centre d'interprétation est accessible)

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