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AlÚsia, officialy called AlÚsia St-Reine is a quiet city on a very steep hill near Dyon, France. But over 2000 years ago, 52 B.C.E., it was the place where the Gauls, led by Vercingetorix, lost their independency to the Romans, in casu Julius Caesar.
After a battle that lasted 2 months , Vercingetorix surrendered, and was brought to Rome where he was strangled 9 years later in the presence of Caesar.
These sites tell the story of the Gauls in Northeastern France at the end of the French iron age and the beginning of a Gallo-Roman era. Meet Bibracte, druids, fortifications, various important and sacred Gaulish places and the culture and knowledge of the Gauls by this photo report.

AlÚsia: general information

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Location of the town:

  • It's situated on the Mont Auxois, between the rivers Oze and Ozerain, in northeast France between Dyon and Paris.

  • It's the former capital of the Mandubiens

Results of excavations: the possible map of Gallo-Roman AlÚsia

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Functions of the exacavated buildings.
Some look Roman, but details point at Gaulish influences, like "Ucuetis", Mater, Goddess of love.

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Air-view on AlÚsia and the surrounding hills where Roman legions resided during the besiege.
Center: theater. Extreme right: hilltops with Caesar's camp (on the southwestern part of Mont Flavigny, looking over AlÚsia).

Drawing of the reconstructed theater

The actual excavated site of the theater

How to reach AlÚsia

How to contact the "For AlÚsia" society

Some say that the battle was elsewhere but I have seen the city, visited the museum and the excavations. The evidence is just too overwhelming...