It didn’t take us long to find Roman ruins and on our day trip to Narbonne we were not to be disappointed. Set on the banks of the Canal de la Robine we found it a manageable day out with plenty to see without too much effort.

inside the Horreum, a series of small underground chambers built at the end of the first century BC and likely to have been used for storing and sorting goods

inside the Horreum, a series of small underground chambers built at the end of the first century BC and likely to have been used for storing and sorting goods

First stop Horreum the only building to survive from Roman times consist of subterranean galleries which might have been a mechant’s warehouse. Discovered in 1838 with only a fraction of the original having been excavated we were able to explore the North & West wings and partially opened South wing all of which are located 5 meters below the ground level. Within the rooms are displays of stone columns, friezes, fragments of tombstones depicting the world of theatre, roman baths, horses cart races and other games. The rooms also house perhaps the most impressive collection of amphoras we have ever seen.

flying buttresses on the Cathedral glimpsed from the surrounding streets

flying buttresses on the Cathedral glimpsed from the surrounding streets

Our obsession with all things Roman led us next to the Musee Archeologique which has the best collection of Roman paintings and some impressive mosaics.

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From the Donjon Gilles-Aycelin, you can see the excavated remains of the Via Domitia (118 BC) below.

With still plenty to see including the The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Basilica of Saint-Paul-Serge but little energy left to continue we had lunch in the town square and a walk along the canal before calling it a day and heading home to Bram promising to return some other time.

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Canal de la Robine is a spur of the Canal du Midi exiting to the Mediterranean at Port La Nouvelle

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Canal de la Robine with street markets on either side

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The Cathedral de St Just in Narbonne

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overlooking the square

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The Canal de la Robine