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Gallo Romain Site of Sanxay

Domaine(s) : Archeology

Region : Poitou-Charentes


Sanxay site shows the remains of an ancient Gallo-Roman rural village which was also an important center of pilgrimage and of cures between the 1st and 4th century.

You will be able to see:
- The steps of a theater that could accommodate up to 8,000 people,
- The remains of baths, built in the 2nd century,
- The ruins of a very large temple of the 2nd century. It is possible that this temple have been built at a Gallic shrine place to reconcile peoples. In addition, a second feature of this temple is that the octagonal cella in the center of the temple is surrounded by a walkway in the shape of a Greek cross.


The free tour lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour & 15 minutes.
The guided tour lasts 1 hour & 30 minutes.

Guided tours are held from 10:30 to 15:30.

The site is open (subject to confirmation):
- From May the 15th to September the 15th, daily from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.,
- From September the 16th to May the 14th, from Sunday to Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 12h30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The site is closed on 01/01, 05/01, 11/11 and on 12/25. Disclaimer : The management team of the destination has the possibility to change the opening days and hours without prior communication.


For groups, it is necessary to book the day before the visit without guide, otherwise, for guided tours, reservations must be made 3 days in advance.

Access is difficult for disable persons.

A guided tour using sign language can be set-up with booking two months in advance.

A special welcome for people with intellectual disabilities is possible under reservation 1 month in advance.


Site gallo-romain de Sanxay, Route de Menigoutte
86600 Sanxay

From Poitiers or Niort by the highway A10, take the exit 31 (road N11), direction to Lusignan, then the D5 to Sanxay.

N 46°29'43'', O 00°00'21''

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