The Gallo-Roman archaeological site of Noviodunum

Travel through time, back to a Gallo-Roman town in the early centuries B.C.

  • Forteresse de Jublains

    Forteresse de Jublains

    © Photo : Bruneau

  • Forteresse de Jublains

    Forteresse de Jublains

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Théâtre en gradins de Jublains

    Théâtre en gradins de Jublains

    © Photo : Bruneau

  • Musée départemental d'archéologie de Jublains

    Musée départemental d'archéologie de Jublains

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Exposition au musée de Jublains

    Exposition au musée de Jublains

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Vitrines musée de Jublains

    Vitrines musée de Jublains

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Animations au théâtre de Jublains

    Animations au théâtre de Jublains

    © Photo : musée de Jublains

  • Fouilles sur le site de Jublains

    Fouilles sur le site de Jublains

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

Jublains, a town with a glorious past
In Jublains you don’t need to stretch your imagination much to see yourself in Noviodunum, a Roman capital created in the heart of the Gaulish territory of the Aulerci Diaulitae.
There are many traces and relics of this period, which are displayed to good effect and bear witness to the town’s glorious past.
Before your very eyes you’ll see
- sophisticated Roman baths with hot and cold water plunge pools
- a vast tiered theatre - a temple dedicated to worship
- streets arranged in a perfect chequerboard pattern
- a fortress.
The purpose of the fortress was, for a long time, rather puzzling. However, archaeologists have now settled the matter: it was a transit warehouse where goods levied as taxes and/or precious metals were temporarily stored.
One can now see why the walls are so amazingly thick!

The Departmental Archaeological Museum
 Mayenne’s Departmental Archaeological Museum, which is close by, provides a wealth of information about the history of the site.
It displays the results of recent excavations carried out in Jublains and in the rest of the department.
There is a large 1/200 scale model of the ancient town.
Many artefacts, pottery, jewellery, votive offerings, etc. serve to reconstruct the human aspects of the site.

An open-air history book
Take the time to walk through the whole of the area that is open to you.
Go from the theatre to the temple through the reconstructed Roman streets, and from the baths located in the present-day church to the fortress.
By doing this you will get a clear picture of the Roman character of the place: a real open-air ancient history book!

Activities all year round
 Your children will adore the interactive devices provided to stimulate their young imaginations...
Numerous tours and activities are available throughout the year.
Of special note, in summer: the ‘Nights of Mayenne Festival’, which takes over the theatre for a few days, with activities related to Gaulish craftsmanship and really astonishing dance performances.

More info

  • Jublains Archaeological Museum
  • 13 rue de la Libération
  • 53160 Jublains
  •  +33 (0)2 43 58 13 20
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