Gallo-Roman ruins of Champlieu, French Heritage monument to Orrouy

A road which goes up of Orrouy has Champlieu enables us to go promptly to the now famous ruins, which were put discovered has can close at the same time as the village of the Berny mount.

For a long time the plough shear or the point of the spade made spout out, in these plains, of the currencies and the tools going back to the time of the Romans. The emperor Napoleon III ordered that serious excavations were undertaken; they reflect discovered the remainders of a theatre, a temple and an establishment of baths.

If one believes the tradition of it, these remainders would come from one quotes nommee Ratomagus, about which Ptolemee speaks, and who was perhaps, before Senlis, the capital of the country of Sylvanectes. It is not the place here to discuss these origins, the visit of the mines offers a sharper interest.

The theatre, whose hemicycle has 70 bills of quantities diameter, of it is the greatest part; it is him whom one sees initially if one comes to the ruins by the drill. L is well preserves and its proportions are perfectly appreciable; one sees the scene, the site of the steps and the vomitory ones; the wall which surrounds it reached About 7 bills of quantities height; it is supported by buttresses and fact of stones having the shape of a large brick. Unfortunately, in much of places, close to the vomitory ones for example, these stones are posees the ones on the others without no cement linking them; also the English who pass do not deprive to carry some to be made clipboards.

Close to the theatre are the ruins of the thermal baths; one can there still see the bases of the columns of a gantry, the remainders of the hypocauste or underground furnace more complete than all those which were discovered in France, the trace of the bath-tubs, that of the conduits, finally all the parts of an establishment of this kind.

Other dimension of the road are the ruins of a temple which one can appreciate dimensions, without it being possible however to say has which divinity it was dedicates. It is ensured that the Francs have to repair the theatre and to adapt it their use has; as some authors, disputing his origin, claimed as it had being built under Merovingiens. An attentive examination of the sculptures which we meet in the ruins is enough to prove that one is well in the presence of a Roman construction.

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  • Author: Martin, Alexis (1834-19.)
  • Editor: A. Hennuyer (Paris)
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Gallo-Roman ruins of Champlieu
(Gallo-Roman ruins of Champlieu, orrouy)

Heritage listed, historical monument, or having been under investigation

Structural information

Gallo-Roman ruins of Champlieu, The property of the Gallo-Roman site (formerly the State property Ministry of culture) was transferred to the Department by an agreement signed on September 12, (...) Gallo-Roman ruins of Champlieu, French Heritage monument to Orrouy orrouy, oise

Location and general information

  • identifier : 99594
  • item : Ruines gallo-romaines de Champlieu
  • Location of the building :
    • Oise
    • Orrouy
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 60481
  • Zip code of the municipality : 60129
  • Order in the communal list : 5
  • Name of the building :
    • The building is designated as follows : archaeological site
  • State :
    • current state of the monument : remains

Dates and times

  • Period of construction : 2 different epochs of evolution of the building.
    • Gallo-Roman
    • 2nd century
  • Date of protection : 1846 : classé MH
  • Date taken into account : 1993/12/03

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials:
    • We do not have this information.
  • Roofing :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Materials (roofing) :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Other about the composition roofs :
    • No information on the coverage of the place.
  • Floors :
    • any information about this construction.
  • Stairs :
    • No stairs mentioned on this construction.
  • Decoration of the building :
    • No information about decoration.
  • Representation :
    • No information on the ornamentation of the place.
  • Typology :
    • No information about typology.
  • Plan :
    • We do not know the type of plan for this building.

Monument and history of the place

  • Interest of the building : Site archéologique : 60 481 3 AH ; 18 04 1914 (J.O.).
  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :4 parts of the building are subject to protection and are listed as follows :
    • theater
    • temple
    • baths
    • Pagan Temple
  • Constituent areas :
    • no information.
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • We do not know the different uses that have been made of this construction.


  • Other :
    • other Information : property of the 1992 Department
  • Picture : b52ae4b42bed4ec0c15a3f0af22555fb.jpg
  • Details : Les ruines gallo-romaines (temples, théâtre, thermes) : classement par liste de 1846
  • Mérimée reference : PA00114797

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