Chateau Bas Roman temple ruins, VerneguesChateau Bas Roman temple ruins, Vernegues

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    This is a very singular and unknown spot. Good job Penchinat!
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      Nice description and tips for a unique visit man!
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      Yes. A plan might be helpfull huh?
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A genuine classical temple ruin, lost in a hidden garden behind a wine domain...

My experience, Explo description: 

This temple was recorded for the first time by Abbé Couture in the 18th century.

This type of little temple was found a bit everywhere in the Roman empire.

Jupiter seem certain to have been one of the God worshipped here. Even the imperial cult is a possibility there with an altar dedication to Rome and Augustus, though it could be associated with the local settlements remains identified by Formigé in the 1920s.

Do not miss to have a look at the lonely Corinthian column and capital.

On the east side, have a look at the little medieval chapel (which is closed).

In the 1920s, an archaeologist called Formigé excavated a other building on the west side of the temple...

For wine amateurs, you can also visit the Chateau Bas cellar, close to the car park.

My personal recommendations: 

Have a look at the very close Vernegues destroyed village. Or just rest in the shady and fresh garden around the temple.

How getting there: 

By car : the temple is about 27km (NW) from Aix en Provence. Take RN7. Then follow the signs to Chateau Bas (D22 to Vernegues).

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

From Mondays to Saturdays : 9.00am to 12.00am and from 1.00pm to 6.00pm.
Sundays and days off : 10.00am to 12.30pm and from 1.30am to 6.30pm.

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Entry fees: 

Free !

Access security: 

You can access the temple, but please respect the Chateau Bas domain private property.