At the end of the 1970’s, the Roman roads were being explored in the communal forest of Faverolles, about 15 km from the city of Langres and the relics of a great Gallo-Roman mausoleum were discovered.
The area has been exploited as a quarry for stones since the Middle Ages. From 1981 to 1989, a group of volunteers discovered thousands of stone fragments which enabled the reconstruction of the mausoleum. All this is now displayed in the archaeological workshop-museum of Faverolles, also used as a work place for archeologists studying this site.
During the Gallo-Roman times, there were two types of funeral rituals: incineration and burial. The headstone of the grave was reflecting the social status of the deceased: from the very simple to the very refined.
The monument was erected on a hill dominating the North-East plain of Faverolles. It was built next to the Roman road leading to Langres and it is in the North-North-West direction following the plateau between the valleys of Marne and Suize.
The mausoleum is in the centre of a vast square made of a ditch and inner embankment. The only remains are the base of the interior structure. Shaped as a 25m high tower, it superimposes 3 Corinthian order levels, with a roof. This sumptuous tomb is decorated in abundant funeral themes. Faverolles’ mausoleum, which you will discover, is an exceptional monument for its size, conception and decoration.
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Continue your walk towards the village church.