Narbonne - museum pieces

Narbo Martius: important Roman city in Roman France, capital of Gallia Narbonensis, modern Narbonne.

Narbo Martius, or Narbonne, in southern France, was the first Roman colonia in southern Gaul, but there are few remains of the city’s Roman past. Only a bit of pavement of the Via Domitia, some underground warehouses, a small stretch of the walls, and the archaeological site of Clos de la Lombarde remain of the capital of the province of Gallia Narbonensis.

The excavations at Le Clos de la Lombarde started in 1973. The archaeologists identified the remains of some houses and a bathhouse from Late Antiquity, so they had excavated a residential area. They also found an early Christian basilica and a necropolis.

Decorated floors, mosaics, and unique wall paintings are now in the Musée archéologique de Narbonne, where you can also see ancient statues, ceramics, funeral monuments, and utensils from the Roman age. In the museum are also several well-made models of the two main buildings, the House with the Great Triclinium and the House of the Genius.