in the neighbourhood of La Calestienne
The Musée du Malgré-Tout in Treignes is specialised in all what concerns the
Romans and what and who preceded the Romans. This is a good adress for
information about the archeological sites mentionned under-here.Besides
this the museum houses a set of reconstructions of prehistoric houses,
when people lived yet from hunting.
Regularly the Musée du Malgré Tout organises an exhibition around
an archeological theme.
||On the Tienne des Noël, along the old road
between Fagnolle and Matagne-la-Grande,8 km from La Calestienne, there are restaurated remnants of
aGallo-roman temple complex. This site includes a walled area of eighty
by eighty meters and a central temple in which two building phases can be
distinguished, basing oneself on the different types of mortar.
||In 1979 the remnants of a
Roman villa have been found just southwest of Treignes, 14 km from La
Calestienne: the "Villa
des Bruyères". At least eight buildings are spread over six
hectares. The foundation of which you have a plan right here have been
restaurated and can be visited.
|Just after passing the
borderline with France, in Vireux, at 15 km from La Calestienne, the
vestiges of defence walls and the remnants of a big bread oven testify
of the Roman Fortification, from where out the Romans could
controll the traffic on the river Meuse. After years of excavations this
site has also been restaurated and is now open for public.
ruins of Dourbes are all what is left of the "Château de
Hauteroche", which has been broken down in the sixteenth century,
just like the castles of Nismes, Fagnolle and Couvin. Remarkable are the
thick walls on the side that is easily accessible in comparison with the
thinner walls on the steep side. The ruins of this thirteenth century
castle are freely accessible. From these ruins you have a splendid view on
the Viroin valley over Dourbes and further on till Frasnes.