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Aoste / Aosta

inside the old Roman walls of Aoste...
inside the old Roman walls of Aoste...
...we head down the narrow streets
...we head down the narrow streets
first stop: the museum of archaeology
first stop: the museum of archaeology
then to the city cathedral...
then to the city cathedral...
...built on the site of the former Roman forum
...built on the site of the former Roman forum
Roman foundations have been used again and again...
Roman foundations have been used again and again...
...and probably still again!
...and probably still again!
the church cloister uses pieces of 2000 year old marble
the church cloister uses pieces of 2000 year old marble
the original town wall is embedded into some new buildings
the original town wall is embedded into some new buildings
several of the wall towers still exist...
several of the wall towers still exist...
...some preserved well thru the centuries...
...some preserved well thru the centuries...
...others with modern decor
...others with modern decor
hmmm: we'll want to take a closer look at that theatre, soon
hmmm: we'll want to take a closer look at that theatre, soon
still following the line of the wall...
still following the line of the wall...
...we reach the Praetorian Gate, once the main entrance to the city
...we reach the Praetorian Gate, once the main entrance to the city
in some places it still retains its marble facade
in some places it still retains its marble facade
OK, we need to go see this theatre...
OK, we need to go see this theatre...
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!
quite the setting, surrounded by the Val d'Aosta
quite the setting, surrounded by the Val d'Aosta
built in the 1st-c. AD, it once could hold 3000 patrons
built in the 1st-c. AD, it once could hold 3000 patrons
the theatre was maintained for 200 years
the theatre was maintained for 200 years
a modern theatre still operates to one side
a modern theatre still operates to one side
time to head off across town again
time to head off across town again
lots of slate roofs here
lots of slate roofs here
the Arch of Augustus, from 25BC, at the eastern outskirts of the old city
the Arch of Augustus, from 25BC, at the eastern outskirts of the old city
a Roman bridge nearby (the river has since changed course)
a Roman bridge nearby (the river has since changed course)
back in town, this linden tree dates from the early 16th-c.
back in town, this linden tree dates from the early 16th-c.
here's the tower of the St. Orso church
here's the tower of the St. Orso church
its 12th-c. cloister...
its 12th-c. cloister...
...and 15th-c. church
...and 15th-c. church
this mosaic was discovered in 1999, in a section of floor dating from the 12th-c. church which preceded the current one
this mosaic was discovered in 1999, in a section of floor dating from the 12th-c. church which preceded the current one
down in the crypt
down in the crypt
at the hotel de ville, on the main square of town
at the hotel de ville, on the main square of town
amusing wall decor above the door frame
amusing wall decor above the door frame
and now a last look at Aoste before we head back to France..
and now a last look at Aoste before we head back to France..
pano: around the Roman theatre
pano: around the Roman theatre