Photographs of Roman Ruins in Tours, France

I came across these pictures when I was going through photos of the Old City in Tours, France. (I needed those for description inspiration for Wizard at Pembrook, and don’t be surprised if they end up in another blog post about Tours.) I remember my friend and I stumbled upon these ruins not long after we had been on a walking tour of some part of town or another, where we had learned that you could make a pretty good guess at the era ruins came from by looking at the size of the stones- the smaller the stones, the older the ruins. We guessed these were Roman, and we were right.

Yes, we guessed before we saw the sign : )

I took a picture of the sign so I could look it up later, but there were too many other interesting things to investigate, and I never got around to it. Good thing I had the picture, since I have no idea how I would look up possibly-Roman-ruins-with-interesting-green-plants-somewhere-in-Tours-in-the-90’s.

The place is called “Jardin de St Pierre le Puellier” or “The Garden of St. Pierre le Pullier” in English. It’s one of those archaeologically layered places. There had been a 12th century church there, which is where the name comes from.  The church was destroyed in the 19th century, although I think part of a wall is still there. Before that, there was a convent built by St. Clotilda, wife of King Clovis, in 512. And before that, it was part of the Gallo-Roman settlement (Gaul (old name for France) under Roman rule).

I darkened the sign to make it easier to read

The sign says on top, “wells from the 19th century, basement and retaining walls modern, tombs 12th and 13th century (years are hard to read there)” and on the bottom, “wall 1st century (again, hard to read), Gallo-Roman house 2nd and 3rd centuries” Trying to look at the diagram, I think the tombs are the small openings on the right, the red brick and stone by the steps are the modern wall.

The web page for the tourist bureau of Tours only mentions “remains of the bathes of a privet dwelling” by the royal chateau, so I assume those are these.   All of the other Roman ruins mentioned are part of the walls surrounding the city or other fortifications, so not part of a Gallo-Roman house.

edited to add links to the other posts in this series

This is the book I was working on when I was researching Tours. Click to read the first few chapters

Photographs of Roman Ruins in Tours, France

Old City of Tours, France

Photos of the Cathedral St. Gatien de Tours, France

A Few Links to Tours

Not part of the Tours series, but still in the area

Villandry and Ella’s garden

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